Jason Terry has no intention of trying to replace Ray Allen. When asked about the inevitable comparisons between him and the former Celtics shooting guard, Terry responded ”Who?”
“No, we’re two different players and hopefully, I’ll bring something that Ray didn’t and some of the things that he did. Obviously, Ray was a great player for this franchise for years, brought them a championship in ’08. But, again, our games are totally different. He’s 6-5 and I’m 6-2, but I am “The Jet” and I like to fly so we’ll see what happens. A lot of those comparisons will be thrown out there but we’re two totally different players. For me, my job, it doesn’t change. I’ll be thrust into the sixth-man role. But hey, I’m on one of the best. It is what it is, and I take pride in it. It’s something every team needs, that spark, that energy off the bench and that’s what I’m here to do. Anything other than that, I won’t be doing my job.”
While Ray was resistant to the idea of coming off the bench Terry has thrived in that in that role, that alone makes them completely different players. But Terry also offers more experience as a ball handler and a shot creator. While the loss of Ray Allen hurt, Terry and Lee will more than make up for it from a basketball perspective. His swagger and veteran experience should make him a perfect fit for the Celtics on and off the court.
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