Let’s get this out there right now – Jason Terry isn’t Ray Allen. He doesn’t come to town pretending to be Ray, and he knows he can’t replace the all-time 3-point king in terms of what Mr. Allen brought to the Boston Celtics. Terry is comfortable in his own skin. He is who he is, and he’s bringing his own unique skill-set to Boston this fall. That’s great news if you’re a Celtics fan. The three biggest things to keep in mind about Terry:
1. Terry is a winner. He’s won everywhere he’s been, claiming championships in high school (Franklin High, 1994 & 95), college (Arizona, 1997), and the NBA (Dallas, 2011). Simply put, winning is what Terry does. I know, basketball is a team game, and it takes more than one player to win at just about any level, but Terry’s resume speaks for itself. The man just gets the job done.
2. Terry is unselfish. For a player as talented as Terry, the man has a throwback ego. He ain’t Allen in that regard, either, and it’s refreshing to see a player come in and just want to help a team win championships. Almost every NBA player offers lip service to that ideal, but Terry backs it up with his actions. He’s plenty good enough to start, but he knows he’s far more effective coming off the bench. Allen clearly had a problem with that role in Boston, especially if he had to come of the bench behind the likes of Avery Bradley. Terry relishes the challenge of coming into a game and lifting a team with his clutch play.
3. Terry is a dreammate. Yeah, you read that right. Terry is a great locker room presence, a dream to be around. His teammates love him. That won’t change in Boston. Remember that prickly relationship between Rondo and Allen? Ancient history. It’s hard to imagine any friction between these two, and it’s going to be a blast watching them operate on the court together.
So it’s time to put Ray Allen out of our minds. Time to cut the noise and just focus on what we have in front of us – a proven winner who checks his ego at the door and is universally loved and admired by his current and former teammates everywhere.