Jason Terry nonetheless cannot work out why he tried to cease LeBron James’ dunk throughout 2013 Celtics-Warmth game


Jason Terry was an NBA player for almost twenty years. He gained a championship with the Mavericks in 2011. He totaled 18,881 factors, good for 66th on the league’s all-time scoring checklist.

And but, when Terry goes to youth basketball camps to share his data of the game, children solely ask one query: How did it really feel to get posterized by LeBron James?

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A fast refresher: On March 18, 2013, the Warmth and Celtics, bitter rivals on the time, confronted off for a nationally televised contest at TD Backyard. Halfway by way of the second quarter, Terry turned the ball over close to halfcourt, establishing Miami for a 3-on-1 alternative. Terry retreated and tried to stop a simple bucket, however then James got here rumbling down the lane and . . . growth.

Sadly for Terry, that spotlight adopted him for the remainder of his profession and into retirement. The 2008-09 Sixth Man of the 12 months award winner mentioned the monster slam on an episode of Bleacher Report’s “Untold Tales” with Grasp Tesfatsion.

“I need to say it is one of many lowest moments of my profession, however on the similar time, I imply, I will ceaselessly go down in historical past,” Terry stated. “Like, you bought dunked on by ‘The King.'”

Terry informed Tesfatsion he was making an attempt to make up for the turnover by getting a defensive cease. He adopted the ball from Mario Chalmers to Norris Cole however did not understand rapidly sufficient that the James practice was dashing down the tracks. 

“He was already within the air. It was gradual movement,” Terry stated. “What made me leap is what I am making an attempt to determine. There isn’t any — like, even for those who did leap, you ain’t touching that. And I jumped, man, and he lifted me on his knee, and I used to be nonetheless going up with him. Like, LeBron simply bang, bang. It was over.”

After all, the jokes had been solely simply starting. Terry needed to take the verbal jabs not solely from the web neighborhood, but in addition his personal pals and teammates.

“For 3 weeks, I used to be checking my cellphone and other people had been sending me messages. ‘Man, you OK?'” Terry stated. “Like, numbers I have not heard in eight years, I am seeing numbers pop up. ‘Jet, are you good? You useless, large homie? You good?’ Like, I do not know what these individuals are speaking about. They even stated on Wikipedia, they stated that was my demise date and had the date and every part on there. That is loopy, man. . . .

“[My teammates were] killing me within the locker room. Destroying me. Jokes and jokes and jokes. I am telling you, it saved up for some time.”

You possibly can watch Tesfatsion’s full interview with Terry under. (The James dialog begins across the 4:05 mark.)



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