Jason Terry is already settled in the Boston area and has been providing writers with lots of fodder for their columns. He unveiled his awesome tattoo and has been providing plenty of great quotes and photos for eager Celtics fans who are eating them all up. Today's Globe has another article with more great quotes from Terry about how excited he is for this season.
He loves the tradition and history of the Celtics. He's very excited to play in Doc's system that he says is the way basketball should be played with everyone touching the ball, communicating and screening and moving and playing team ball.
We've seen players come in over the years who struggle with the Celtics defensive system. Terry is already ahead of the curve on that as well.
“That’s a whole other beast,” Terry said. “It all goes back to your system. It’s a team defensive system, and you’re held accountable if you don’t do your job.
“What allows you to be held accountable is it’s a system and so it’s one of the best defensive systems in this league. And the pieces aren’t — I don’t want to say irreplaceable — but you lose Ray, you get me. So it’s like you have system in place and if you have the talent you have a chance to win.
“No question, there’s terminology, there’s ‘are you in the place you’re supposed to be?’ That’s why I started early. Training camp’s not until October and I’m already watching defensive film. I have the offensive clips of where I’m supposed to be, and then I implement it into my workout.”
He's already been watching film and analyzing the Celtics' system and plays and has been working on them in his workouts in order to be ready for the season. It's like he's a fan as well as a player. He's very excited to be able to play with KG, Pierce and Rondo as well.
"Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce are three guys that you want to play with. They leave it all out there on the floor every night. The passion they play with is tremendous.
“I study the game, I’m a student of the game, and they’re going to make it easy for me. Two Hall of Famers, possibly three, on the floor, how much easier does it get?"
Jason Terry is also is a big Kevin Garnett fan, noting that KG makes everyone around him better and he plays both ends of the floor. Jet also mentioned that he is going to be very happy playing with KG instead of against him.
“It was tough,” Terry said, “because you have to fight every possession, and when I say fight, I mean damn near every possession you put the gloves on and fight this guy for every inch on the court, and that’s somebody you want to play with."
The fact that Jason is already settled in Boston and that his is devouring film of his new team learning their plays and defensive system ahead of camp has me even more excited than ever for this season to start. How can you not love this guy. As I've said before, I can't wait for the first time Jet hits a 3 and flies down the court. It's going to be wild!
Jason Terry is going to be a great replacement for Ray Allen and it will start at the defensive end of the court. As far as hitting 3's, Ray is great, but Jason is no slouch himself, as he is fourth on the league’s all-time list for 3 pointers. He has already said that he is studying film of Ray Allen to see how he curled off screens to hit the 3 and is working on that for this season. But unlike Ray, Jason can create his own shot and that is going to be huge for the Celtics. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it!