The Dallas Mavericks are thinking about a repeat -- even after losing some key players from their championship run.
''We're world champions,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We're excited about that.''
Beginning with Tyson Chandler, the team's defensive and leader, the Mavericks have significant holes to fill before the season starts Dec. 25.
Chandler agreed to the deal Friday with the New York Knicks as training camps opened. Jose Barea, a part-time starter and postseason star, is resigned to the fact he's not coming back to Dallas.
Caron Butler, injured much of last season but a key contributor before going down, has already signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Mavs also don't appear to have much interest in bringing back DeShawn Stevenson.