Everyone knows Jason Terry could shoot the ball. Now, ‘The Jet’ is trying his luck on the sidelines as a head coach.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Terry is finalizing a deal to become the new head coach of the Grand Rapids Gold, the new Denver Nuggets G League affiliate team.
This moves marks Terry’s debut in NBA circles as a head coach.
Before this decision to join the G League coaching ranks, Terry served as an assistant coach for the University of Arizona.
In his one season as an assistant coach, the Wildcats went 17-9, good enough for fifth in the Pac-12. However, they did not compete in postseason play due to a self-imposed ban amidst an ongoing FBI bribery scandal.
But Grand Rapids wasn’t the only place Terry had his eyes on coaching in the NBA.
Initially, when Jason Kidd was named the next head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, Terry was considered a “strong candidate” to join Kidd’s coaching staff as an assistant. However, that never materialized for the organization, Kidd and Terry.
Terry embodies the Mavericks. In fact, before finalizing a job in Grand Rapids, he still lived in the city even though his playing days with the organization ended in 2012. It’s that love for Dallas that led terry to openly admit to one day wanting to coach the team he helped lead to the 2011 NBA Championship.
“100 percent…That’s definitely on my bucket list of dreams and goals to come true,” Terry said to Zach Gelb of CBS Sports in June. “When you put all the Xs and Os aside, it’s about managing people. Are you a people person? Can you get guys to buy into your system and fight for one cause in the betterment of the team? For me, that’s kind of what I did my whole career.”
Grand Rapids is Terry’s current stop, but it seems as though he’s not closing the door on a Mavericks coaching debut.
As for his playing days, Terry finished his career second in Mavericks history for 3-pointers made (1,140).
The hope is he finds the same success in his NBA coaching career.
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