When free-agents sign with a new team, it’s typical (and sometimes forced) for them to throw a few daggers at their new rivals. It’s a nice way for them to show the fans… they care.
“My mission is to kill; whether it’s the Heat, whether it’s the Lakers. Hopefully both. That’s my mission, and that’s what I’m here to do,” Terry said on Tuesday shortly before teeing off at the Fifth Annual USI Shamrock Classic which was hosted by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.
This should come without surprise. Here’s what a Mavs blogger had to say about JET upon his departure:
He’s a walking, talking — always, always talking — hype machine, equipped to rally fans, jeer opponents and whip an arena of both friends and enemies into a frenzy. Terry simply has no regard for the NBA’s fourth wall. He treats every game as a completely interactive experience, and in that approach, he’s carved out a special place for himself as player turned provocateur.
Just JET being JET.
Prior to teeing off, Doc Rivers spoke on a bunch of different topics – including the KG effect and Darko Milicic:
I think [the “KG effect”] can either make you great or crush you. It’s going to be one of the two. It’s not really an in-between with Kevin, and in a good way. I like how he goes about his work, obviously, and how he approaches the game. I think if you’re willing to learn, you can only get better playing with Kevin.”
The KG effect couldn’t salvage Patrick O’Bryant. And it sorta worked with Glen Davis.