There was another big crowd of media around Jason Terry before Wednesday night’s game, this time full of Dallas reporters who covered Terry during his time with the Mavericks. He had said Tuesday that he didn’t anticipate the game being emotional, perhaps other than a reunion with coach Rick Carlisle.
Asked if he misses Terry, Carlisle said, “Do we miss him? As K.C. Jones would say, ‘Does a bear [expletive] in the woods?’ Yeah, we miss him.”
Carlisle reflected on the discussion he had when he first told Terry he was no longer going to be in the starting lineup.
“The conversation was him saying to me, ‘hey, coach, whatever you need, I’ll do. I’ll start, come off the bench, whatever role you think is best for us to win as a team and help you do your job,'” Carlisle said. “That’s unique. There aren’t a lot of guys wired that way.
“It’s one of the reasons that he’s so beloved in Dallas. He’s about winning and he’s about sacrifice. I’m sure he had the same conversation with Doc [Rivers] when he got here.”
Terry did acknowledge that there is likely a future with the Mavericks organization after he retires, though he doesn’t want that day to come soon. Owner Mark Cuban has gone on the record saying that Terry would be welcome back.
“Dallas is still my home base,” Terry said. “I definitely want to be a part of the Mavericks organization. I am a Maverick in my heart.”