Irish Coffee: 10 things to learn from Jason Terry’s diary
|11.05.12 at 9:42 am ET|
10. No self-respecting team loses to the Wizards: “I had said [Saturday night] was a must-win. The reason is when you play a team like Washington, which has had some injuries and might be short a man, you definitely want to win these games. These are the type of games you just have to win.”
9. The difference between Sully and Bass was negligible: “I know the starting lineup was changed a little bit with Jared Sullinger starting and Brandon Bass coming off the bench, but really I didn’t notice that much. Everyone who came into the game tonight was focused on our defensive coverages.”
8. Terry is clutch, according to Terry: “I was happy to contribute in our win with two free throws down the stretch. It’s definitely in my DNA to make big shots, especially when the game is on the line, whether that’s with free throws or making a play or an assist or a shot to win or tie the game — that’s just who I am.”
7. The JET hasn’t quite arrived in Boston yet: “I’m still trying to get comfortable within the structure of the team. I’m a work in progress. I’m very optimistic. I know we have the making of a championship team. I know we have to continue to grow and there are going to be some speed bumps along the way.”
6. For now, the Celtics are going to struggle against elite teams: “The Heat are the champions, and the core of that team has been together and had two full seasons for the most part. They’re going to know each other very well, while we’re still trying to figure it out. We’re going to struggle in a situation like that.”
5. Sullinger is the Red from Shawshank Redemption of the Celtics. He’s a man who knows how to get things: “The young brother, Sullinger, just shuts up and does whatever we tell him to do. If we need something, he gets it done. If we need batteries or if we need soap, he does whatever we need to do.”
4. Terry’s superstitions are a little creepy: “I sleep in the opposing team’s game shorts before every game. For example, Friday night I slept in Washington Wizards shorts since we played them on Saturday. John Wall is a good friend of mine. So I had his shorts from last year.”
3. NBA locker room attendants are easily bribed: “You might be wondering how I got every team’s game shorts. I have friends on more than 75 percent of the teams. But for those 25 percent of the teams I don’t, a little $20 to a $100 bill here and there can get you a pair of game shorts from a locker room attendant.”
2. Terry is a math wiz: “My number has always been 31 up until this season. Thirty-one is just my favorite number. I wore it in high school. I said that like Baskin Robbins, I have 31 flavors to my game. That’s why I did it. But now I’m No. 4. Since the number 31 is retired by the Celtics for Cedric Maxwell, I needed to come up with a new one. The reason I picked it is three plus one equals four, and I have four daughters as well.”
1. Slick Watts loves headbands. Jason Terry loves Slick Watts. So, Jason Terry loves headbands: “I wear a headband every game. The headband goes back to my third grade P.E. teacher. It’s a tribute to the great Slick Watts, who played in the NBA for the Seattle SuperSonics. The Sonics were my hometown and favorite team growing up. I walked into the third grade and he was the gym teacher. He had the headband on every day.”
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