Ever since Jason Terry arrived in Dallas in 2004, taking a Media Day picture where he acts like he’s a human airplane has become an annual tradition. Let’s take a look back at these fabled archives.

OK, this is hardly jet material at all. I admit that. But it’s the closest we’ve got to Jason Terry airplaning. Maybe he hadn’t quite figured out his initials were J-E-T at this point. Maybe he just wanted to fit in after being traded to a new team. Maybe there are lost snaps that we didn’t seen that are super aerodynamic.

Whatever the case, this is just the beginning.

Now we’re talking. Full-on jet arms in a group shot, just like how it’s meant to be done. The best part of pictures like this is that Jason Terry stays the same and the cast of players behind him keeps changing. You’re going to see some hilarious faces in a few scrolls.

You knew Mark Cuban wasn’t going to let Jason Terry have all the airplaning fun. Don’t be silly. He set the Guinness World Record for largest electronic transaction while buying his private jet, so this is something he had to do. Plus, once you’ve airplaned with the team’s owner, you know you’re set. Jason Terry is going to be a Maverick for life, just because of this picture.

This is probably when Donnie Nelson realized that one of these two guys was going to have to be moved. Devin Harris is clearly uncomfortable with the airplaning, which just wasn’t going to fly in Mark Cuban’s pro-plane world.

A classic set of Mavericks misfits right here. Just look at the sheer amount of accessories between JJ Barea, Jason Terry and Josh Howard. Dallas’ 2008-09 terrycloth budget must have been astronomical.

In this picture, the photographer — Glenn James, who took all these pictures and must really love airplanes — seems like he wanted to get back to the roots of what it meant for a man to become a human airplane. It was a bold move, but I think it paid off.

Do you think Glenn James is asking Jason Terry to do these poses? Or do they just take a couple of shots and then he can’t resist throwing his arms out and squatting? I can see either of those being the case, and I think I’d like to believe that this is all Jason Terry’s doing. Like he’s just thinking, “You know what? Airplane.”

And finally, this year’s version, which is probably the strangest of all. Vince Carter and Lamar Odom are both Mavericks, Shawn Marion’s got that hair and the majority of these guys are NBA champions. If ever there were a time to throw a completely non-necessary airplane, this was the time.

Good on ya, Jason Terry. Keep flying that arm plane proudly.

Comments (10)

  1. Shawn “Lesbo” Marion

  2. interesting that JKidd isn’t wearing PEAKs and is back in the Zoom Flight 5s. Old arches need support. Best shoe.

  3. Yep. Peak deal ran out and he’s back with Nike. Should be some good retros.

  4. Jason Terry reminds me of Jesse Pinkman.

  5. 05′s really awkward because he’s clearly touching Dirk’s leg.

  6. 09 looks like his back is hurting him a bit so hes not as far down as usual.

  7. Incredible how 2010 and 2011 have the guys in the same exact positions, with VC replacing Butler and Odom replacing Chandler. And JET’s jet is genius

  8. the jet is rareplane. hehehe

  9. I dunno…. a lot of guys have their trademark celebration, but am I not the only one who is tired of the plane everytime he hits a shot? Photo shoots are OK I guess, but in games? C’mon, change it up a bit.

  10. love how the 2010 and 2011 pics are exactly the same down to the poses, except Chandler and Butler and replaced with Odom and VC

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