“I’m Home Baby!” was the chant that Jason Terry, a.k.a. “The Jet,” yelled in the American Airlines Center after the Dallas Mavericks amazing 2011 championship parade at Victory Park. Well, it looks like The Jet still wants to come back home to Dallas.
Recently Terry said that he won’t rule out coming back to Dallas, something he has reiterated ever since he left. Jet has always said that he wants to retire a Mavericks and that he even wants to be a part of the organization after he retires, whether it’s coaching or management.
For me, Jason Terry saying all of these things is even more special because the Jet has been my favorite player since he came to the Mavericks and has been so ever since. Seeing him return to Dallas would be a dream come true.
So, in light of Terry’s recent comments about the Mavericks, let’s reminisce his phenomenal performance on June 12, 2011- the day the Mavs won their first ever NBA Championship in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Since Dirk couldn’t get anything going in the first half, Jet decided to carry the team on his shoulders, dropping 19 points in the first half alone, including three three pointers, a couple of transition jumpers and a couple of very tough finishes at the rim.
In the second half, Dirk finally showed up and ended up sealing the deal, but Jason Terry still contribute with 8 points in the second half, finishing with a game-high 27 points, 2 assists, 2 steals while shooting 11-16 from the field and 3-7 from three. Talk about a clutch performance in a big game. That’s what the Jet was all about in Big-D. That night, he backed up all his talk about Lebron not being able to guard him, backed up his Larry O’Brien trophy tattoo, and got vindication for the city of Dallas after the devastating 2006 Finals loss to the Heat after being up 2-0 in the series.
Here’s the video of the JET torching the Heat:
Now Jason Terry is on the Sacramento Kings, and, after being traded to the Kings by Brooklyn, missed the rest of the season due to a knee injury. From what he said in the interview with Dallas reporters, Terry respects the Kings but clearly doesn’t want to be a part of their building process. Jason Terry wants to play for a contender, and he wouldn’t want to win another CHIP in any place other than Dallas. And honestly, at this point, I don’t think any other coach in the league would see him as an asset other than Rick Carlisle. Even his championship teammate, Jason Kidd, didn’t give him many minutes in Brooklyn.
Like Dirk, Jason Terry said he bleeds blue, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him wearing blue too after next summer, when he is a free agent again.