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Jason Kidd was the first player to speak and he talked about it being “a dream came true when I was drafted by the Mavericks in 1994.”

“I just didn’t know it was going to take 17 years to win a championship,” he said. “We’ve got one championship, now we need to go and get another championship.”

Tyson Chandler upped expectations.

“I hear they do things big in Dallas,” he said. “So if we do it big, it can’t be just one.” He held up a hand and started flipping up fingers and counting, “One, two, three, four, five.”

Jason Terry wore dark glasses and a Mardi Gras-style blue necklace. He did his traditional flying airplane motion to wild cheers, then flexed his right biceps to show off the tattoo of the trophy he added in October and vowed to scrub if they didn’t win it all.

Terry and Nowitzki are the only holdovers from the Mavericks‘ only other finals team _ in 2006, when they blew a 2-0 lead against Miami. So this title is especially sweet for them.

“Not only the way we did it, who we did it against,” Terry said before the rally. “We’ll never forget it. We’ll never forget ‘05-06 and we sure as heck won’t forget 2011.”

Fans filled the downtown streets starting early Thursday. The plaza around the arena was filled to its 3,000-person capacity about two hours before the parade even began.

Franchise founder Donald Carter and his wife, Linda, for whom he started the club as gift, were in the lead vehicle, a white convertible.

“Fantastic,” Carter said.

At the end of the parade, those who rode along said they were overwhelmed by the turnout _ people as far as they could see.

“I’m numb,” said Donnie Nelson, the team’s president of basketball operations.


Associated Press writers Linda Stewart Ball and Diana Heidgerd contributed.