Jason "the Jet" Terry etched his name into Dallas Mavericks sports history with his playoff performance last season. His timely barrage of jumpers were a pivotal element to the Mavs' march to the NBA mountaintop.
I mean, he even got a tattoo of the Larry O'Brien Trophy on his arm prior to last season and, as he needed to, he went out and backed it up.
Where he especially backed it up was in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, a series in which he seemingly stepped up whenever the Mavs needed him. The Jet's NBA Finals performance was more than clutch, it was epic.
The Mavs returned to Miami last night and, for the second time this season, were throttled by the Heat and have learned this is an entirely new season. This hasn't been too surprising, especially considering that the Mavs are aging while the Heat are continually learning how to mesh together.
What is surprising are the comments Terry made after last night's loss. He indicated his openness to joining the Miami Heat in the offseason.
According to ESPN's Tim McMahon, when Terry was asked if he would consider joining the Heat, he said:
No question, they need a veteran shooter, a guy who can score besides LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and they know they can count on. I'm a guy that's been in this league 13 years, (averaging) 15 points a night, easy. Off the bench or the starting lineup, it doesn't matter. So I think I'd be an asset to them.
The problem with this is not so much his interest in joining Miami (although that is questionable after they developed a heated rivalry last year), but when and how Terry expressed this.
First of all, why would Terry make these statements now? The Mavs are in the thick of the playoff hunt and this is where his mind should be. Any thoughts about his future should be promptly deflected at this point.
Secondly, why would he so adamantly indicate his openness to playing in South Beach? If you're Terry's coach, teammate or fan, you can't be pleased with this type of bold expression.
It's understandable that Terry might leave come the offseason. In fact, prior to the season, he declared how he longed to retire as a Maverick, but he had his request for this extension fall on deaf ears.
He very likely won't be back next year, but that reality doesn't give him the green light to go and make comments like this.
Terry could surely help the Heat in the future and it's reasonable for him to want to join forces with their star-studded cast if he wants another championship. However, he should wait until the offseason to make such desires known, because right now such expressions are beyond unnecessary.
They're simply foolish.