Thursday, August 16, 2012
Jason Terry: A combo of Ray Allen and KG?
By Greg Payne
CANTON, Mass. -- Let's get one thing out of the way: Jason Terry is not Ray Allen.
In fact, personality-wise, the two stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. Both are accomplished professionals, undoubtedly, but where Allen is reserved and stoic, Terry is loud and energetic. In fact, if you're looking for a model to gauge Terry's enthusiasm, look no further than Kevin Garnett.
"With me, I guess you'll call it just a little turned up, a little bit more," Terry said Thursday at the headquarters of one of his sponsors, Reebok. "Ray's personality, his demeanor, he's real calm, he's always laidback. Me, I'm like KG. I'm going to play to the crowd, and I'm going to bring that enthusiasm, that passion, and you're going to be able to see it every night."
Terry and Allen's respective games are more worthy of comparison. Which is why, when the 2012-2013 NBA season kicks off, Terry might be doing Ray Allen-like things for the Celtics, as he's emerged as the player best fitted to fill the void left by Allen's offseason departure to Miami. A major part of Boston's offensive system the last five seasons had been Allen's ability to work around and off of picks set by his teammates to free up space for open shots. That system won't change. It's just in need of the replacement piece.
"I have been watching film and watching Ray Allen, the way he maneuvers and works off screens," Terry said, noting that one of his goals this offseason has been to become a better jump shooter while curling off of said screens.
"I believe in [Celtics head coach] Doc [Rivers]' system. He'll have me do some of those things, so curling the three, that's a tough shot, it's off balance. And that's just one that I will add."
The comparisons probably won't end there, if Terry ends up delivering in the fourth quarter the way both he and Allen are accustomed to doing. Before the question of late-game heroics could even be completed, Terry was already saying, 'My time, my time.' He eventually elaborated on how he's been able to thrive in the clutch moments in seasons past.
"That's my time of the game. Obviously your team is counting on you, your fans are counting on you to bring home that victory, whether it's an assist to win it, whether it's a shot to seal the game, or a free throw to win the game, it's what I do," Terry explained. "That's my time. And the reason why I'm confident in those situations is because of the work I put in. It's like repetition for me. It's second nature."