Terry Flying High

Photo courtesy of EveryJoe.com.

By Josh Kramer

I have never been the biggest fan of Jason “JET” Terry.  Other than his 8 point contribution against Kentucky in the 1997 NCAA Finals, he really has not done much to please me over the years (outside of Lexington, could anyone have really stood to see UK win 3 consecutive NCAA titles?).  Terry has been a mainstay in the NBA for over 12 years now.  Consistently, Terry, also known as “JET,” has been one of the most electric scorers in the League.  He has typified the term “instant offense” for over a decade.

Terry’s career can really be divided into two chapters.  During the early years in Atlanta, he was always the number one or two option and a starter.  Chapter one was about trying to be the franchise player.  Then he went to Dallas.  For a few years, he was a starter, but never option one, two, or even three.  In year four with the Mavericks, Terry was relegated to coming off the bench.  Since moving to the reserve role, Terry has embraced his job and made the most of it.  It is safe to say, whether Terry and the Mavericks bring home this title, Chapter two has been a mega success for the former Arizona star.

In the NBA Finals, Terry has noticeably been jabbering every chance he gets.  Whether it be on the court or to the media, there is no denying Terry’s lose mouth.  He is embracing the moment.  I mean not too many guys get a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy on their arm preseason (or ever).  The man is supremely confident to say the least.  He is vocal.  And he is loving every second of this.

I have never been a fan of trash talking.  As I have said many times, I am the type of guy who likes when professional athletes act like they have been there before.  Terry though, has surprisingly backed up every word of his talk thus far.  He is actually walking the walk.  When Terry pulled up from long-range with 35 seconds left in Game 5, and hit a 3-point dagger in LeBron’s grill last night, the JET finally was flying.

Not many guys have that moment where they get to actually live out their nickname.  Well last night, Terry finally flew like a “JET,” as the roof came off the American Airlines Center.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

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