Jason Terry will make his preseason debut for the Brooklyn Nets against his former team, the Boston Celtics. The guard missed most of the preseason while recovering from knee surgery he had during the offseason. He practiced in full for the first time on Friday.
“It’s gonna be great, getting back out there with my teammates,” Terry said Sunday. “I’ve been out there in practice the last couple days. Everything’s been going fine, no setbacks. So just being able to get out there in real live game action, it’s gonna be good.”
Terry wanted to play in the last two preseason games, and that seems like it’s what will happen. After Boston, Brooklyn will play the Miami Heat in their final preseason game. He’s excited to play against his former team; and said,
“It’s gonna be fun,” Terry said of making his return to Boston. “For me, I was only there a year. The fans were great, the city was good to me. There’s no hard feelings or ill-emotions. I’m gonna see some of my friends; Avery Bradley’s almost like a brother to me. Seeing him will be good.”
Head coach Jason Kidd is also happy that Terry will be on the court in the near future, and spoke to ESPN about how he feels.
“He looks great,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “When he’s with the white team (in practice) it makes him that much more dangerous in a sense he gets the ball in the basket and understands how to play, sets screens, does all the little things. He’s a competitive. He hates to lose so that’s what he brings to the table and that’s what he’s been doing the last couple days.
“His winning attitude, being a professional, understanding what it takes to be successful, coming off the bench. He won a sixth man of the year and won a championship,” Kidd said. “Understanding that coming off the bench is just as important as being a starter because the guys coming off the bench have to pick up the starters, if they’re up or down, so it’s a difficult job but he’s the perfect example of teaching guys coming off the bench how to be ready.”
Once the preseason is completed, the Brooklyn Nets will start their 2013 campaign against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 30.