Quick-hit thoughts around the NBA and with the Celtics:
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Jason Terry got a tattoo of the NBA Finals trophy in Dallas and joked he'd do the same for Boston.1. Jason Terry didn't get to say too much during his official Celtics introduction earlier this month because he was waiting for his contract to be finalized, but he made a strong impression phoning into NBA TV's schedule release show on Thursday. From joking about getting another Finals trophy tattoo to stressing his desire to help Boston get back to the championship round, Terry said all the right things in the interview. That included his take on opening night in Miami: "We already know the matchup," said Terry. "It’s going to be me vs. [former Celtics guard] Ray [Allen]. You know what? Everyone can just sit down and take their seat on the bench. Forget LeBron [James], forget D[wayne] Wade, [Kevin Garnett], [Rajon] Rondo, [Paul Pierce] -- they can all just rest, and me and Ray will just have a 3-point contest. We’ll shoot it out."
2. Terry also noted that he'll travel up to Southern California later this summer in order to start the team-bonding process before training camp. "I talked to KG two or three days ago and he and I are going to get together in LA, work out a couple of days, and start to build that chemistry that’s going to be needed for us to win it all," he said.
3. New Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn, a veteran of 12 NBA seasons, started a career-high 48 games for Orlando during the 2002-03 season. His head coach that year? Doc Rivers, who often noted Vaughn's coaching potential, even during his playing days. Vaughn can only hope to have the same sort of success Rivers did in his first year coaching in Orlando.
4. The lack of a Celtics representative on the Olympic hoops rosters in London likely takes away some of the interest for Boston fans, but -- as colleague Peter May pointed out last year when the Green didn't have any representatives at the FIBA qualifiers -- at least the team doesn't have to worry about one of its players getting injured in an offseason exhibition. And given Boston's track record with health, that's one less thing to worry about this summer.
5. New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Safe to say his father knows a thing or two about how difficult it can be for a player to fight through a similar injury and probably advised Austin to get that cleaned up before the season starts.