Jason Terry started drinking the Kool-Aid the moment he signed with the Boston Celtics, and it appears he is going to do the same with the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old sharpshooter got a Celtics championship tattoo before he played a single game in green. Now that he has been traded to the Nets, he’s already talking about bringing a championship to New York.
“We are going to kick butt and take names, and hopefully that’s gonna end up in a championship,” Terry told ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Thursday. “There’s something in the air here that says the Brooklyn Nets will be the NBA champions next year.”
In addition to winning a championship, Terry believes point guard Deron Williams now has the players he needs around him to win a league MVP.
“I’m saying Deron Williams for MVP, with the pieces we have here,” Terry said.
In order to win an NBA championship, Brooklyn will likely have to go through the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Given the way LeBron James has played over the past two seasons, that looks like a tall task even with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce now wearing Nets uniforms. However, Terry feels he and Jason Kidd hold the key to beating Miami.
“I’m not concerned. We have the formula,” he said, via the NY Daily News. “Jason Kidd and I are the only ones to crack that code.”
Terry is known as a great veteran leader, and this is one of the reasons why. He radiates confidence and tries to pass it on to his teammates. Personally, I feel that Pierce, Garnett and Terry are too old to take down the Heat. They were showing serious signs of age in Boston, and there’s no reason that won’t continue next season. It’s going to take a lot more than trash talk to get through Miami.