Having already tattooed himself with an image of the Boston Celtics’ leprechaun holding the Larry O’Brien trophy, Jason Terry is embracing the history, the lineage of talent and the pedigree of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and, to a lesser extent, Rajon Rondo.
The 13-year veteran guard and NBA champion seems to be a perfect fit for the Celtics. He is confident, brash and talented enough to warrant said confidence. Of course, losing Ray Allen to the Miami Heat opened up a spot for Terry, whose likely to come off the bench as the team’s sixth man.
The transition from the Dallas Mavericks to Boston, Terry says, wasn’t difficult.
It didn’t take me long to embrace being a Celtic. I hate whoever they hate. The Lakers are number one up there and the Heat aren’t too far behind.
Obviously the road to the championship goes through the champions and that’s the Miami Heat. I take it on. I take it on personally. This is just a part of me, my make up, and my character. I’m just so happy to be on a team with guys who are just as passionate as I am because that’s how I play every day. You know Kevin Garnett is probably the most passionate guy I’ve ever been around. I’ve only been around a month and a-half, but he plays the way I do.
Terry also expounded upon the team’s journey to Turkey and Italy, of which Kevin Garnett notably took the opportunity to take pictures of a woman — rather than the other way around. (Boston split the two games, losing to Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce Ulker and defeating Milano EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.) The trip was a valuable bonding experience for the new Celtic, as the “Wolfpack”, consisting of the entire team, would routinely play cards, tell stories and shop together to pass the time.
On the court, Terry is averaging 10.7 points and three assists through three exhibition games. His field goal percentage is nearing 60% despite taking nearly four 3-pointers per game.
Off the court, the Celtics may be steadily building a team that can make one last run at a championship.