You'll have to pardon Jason Terry, but his voice is still hoarse. The electric Dallas Mavericks shooting guard has been living it up since his team clinched the NBA championship against the Miami Heat just over a week ago. First, he and his teammates partied at South Beach's LIV the night that they clinched the chip, and then the team took their talents back home to Texas for a series of festivities, including a Mark Cuban-sponsored parade.
Jet may talk a lot (hence his voice plus the partying), but he was able to back it up--unlike his counterparts, the Heatles, who he suggested put the bull's-eye on their backs by celebrating too early...like, before the preseason even started.
"In sports, there's no other pressure but what you apply on yourself," a rough-sounding Terry told Clutch. "So when they came out early and did the rock-star concert, all they did was put a lot more pressure on themselves than there was already. By doing that, you got to realize teams are gonna be gunning for you. And they put the target on their back. Us, we flew under the radar. Nobody expected us to win a championship. Everybody wanted to play us and they thought we would lose in the first round. But it doesn't work out that way, when you got a hall-of-fame point guard, one of the greatest European players ever in the history of the game and the rest of those guys on my team, you really don't understand what it meant, for us, to go out there and hoist that trophy."
In hopes of sharing the championship experience with fans, Terry and his sneaker company have partnered to auction off the Zig Slash kicks no. 31 wore during Game 6; fans have until June 26 to bid.
"The way we ended the season, [I scored] 27 points in a closeout situation, we had to do something," Jet said. "So we decided to auction off the shoes with Reebok. All the proceeds go to the Jason Terry Foundation, it's just a good thing that we're doing. It's giving the fans something to remember the Finals; a great moment, and then helping the community, so it's a great idea."
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