Jason Terry takes the personal guarantee a little bit further

by Micah Hart

It’s a ritual nearly as old as professional sports — before a big game, or series, some star athlete or coach will guarantee victory for his side: Joe Namath before Super Bowl III, Mark Messier against the Devils, Paul Westphal down 0-2 to the Lakers. It’s a rallying cry, a vote of confidence for your team. But at the end of the day, it’s only words.

Not for Jason Terry. Showing his Dallas teammates what he thought they were capable of before the start of the 2010-11 season, JET had the Larry O’Brien trophy tattooed on his right bicep. Seriously. Check it out:

For realz???

Terry had the ink done at the home of noted tattoo enthusiast DeShawn Stevenson the day before a preseason game against the Magic last October. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com elaborates:

Stevenson, who has an offseason home in Orlando, brought his chef and his personal tattoo artist for the players. It was a team-building exercise.

Stevenson’s chest, neck and arms are covered with tattoos. He even has a few facial tattoos and two piercings in his chest. But despite all of his tattoos, what he saw teammate Jason Terry do was mind-boggling at the time.

Terry got one placed on his right biceps of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the winner of the NBA championship.

That is confidence my friends. There’s no return policy on that purchase.

Of course, things have played out pretty well for Terry and the Mavericks ever since. He is just four wins away from making this the most insanely awesome tattoo ever, as well as one of the most remarkable called shots in history.

Of course if they lose … well, I’m sure Stevenson’s guy can make it into something else.

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59 Comments

  1. luis says:

    stevensons tatto artist better start thinkig what to turn the trophy into because the heat are winning.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • No game yet says:

      How can they be winning, The games has not started yet. You must be watching re-runs of 2006. Ant way, He can keep that tat, It’s just part of the NBA.

  2. jbebebe says:

    i agree with luis haha.heat!!!!!!

  3. jj says:

    better scrach that one off mate the Heat are winning all

  4. mffl11 says:

    sorry suckas. its the MAVS year!!!!

  5. gggffffff says:

    Mavs for the win!!!! Mavs need to win so all the Heat fans are sell outs! ooooooo thats right i said it ooooo

    • whoever I wanna be says:

      There are some of us that have been heat fans for the long run. Some of us who went through the tough times of their 15 win season among others. Yes I agree there are alot more heat fans then I remember, and as a Heat fan before this season ever began, I do think some people are here just for winning. Let me tell you there are some of us who are respectable and who still consider D-Wade as our uncontested best player.

      By the way the Mavs are and have been my second favorite team, and would love to ssee them win one.

    • This be all says:

      Ive been a heat fan for a long time, but I do believe that you’re right. I think the heat need to lose to keep the game of basketball safe. Next year or so I hope they win, cause that would mean they could be stopped. but if they win this year, things will go out of control.

  6. MJ&D12_FAN says:

    the mavs 5 or 6.. stop dreaming heat fans! maybe next year.. (NOT!) ahaha! because next year dwight howard will be in in the finals wherever team he will be or in orlando with a co-star player!

  7. youngkidd says:

    mavs will win in 5. ok? no more argue.

  8. awe says:

    tatoo or no tattoo, the best team we will the series. And on a serious note, am giving this one to the MAVS.

  9. Ezindo says:

    Well, you can always change the tattoo into a chess pawn, if something goes wrong. LOL. it just need small adjustment..

  10. Jay Miller says:

    this isn’t as big of a deal as they’re making it. he got a tattoo of what every team / player in the NBA strives to win. It’s not like it says a date on it, also, he didn’t make any remark about it being the title they’re going to win — It’s just a tattoo of what all these guys aim to win, big deal.

  11. Danny Crawford says:

    I’ll do this like the 2006 finals, the opposite way. Join the bandwagon, be a heat fan. Mavs will win this

  12. Jaime says:

    Jason Terry should have gotten a tattoo of himself holding the trophy since he’s that confident!

  13. Blonde says:

    I ´m sure Jason Terry plays terrific against Miami like in 2006…But I just like the Dirk´s game.

  14. e4lyf says:

    that is the closest thing that JASON TERRY will come to that TROPHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. idk but to me the tat doesn’t look exactly like the trophy. Also, he has it on his inner bicep, so he can easily hide it. At the end of the day though, I think he will get his hands on the real trophy in a few weeks.

  16. NBApolice23 says:

    To Luis, such words can only be produced by a fearful heart. The context of the topic did not even entered your mind, but triggered your defense mechanism to enrich your egoistic heart. Maybe, you did not even read it all. This act is only for JT. He did not asked anyone of us about it when he did the tattoo. Time will only tell. CMF

  17. Kobe#1 says:

    Jason Terry along with the Dallas Mavs Demolished the Lakers, and Beat the OKC in straight sets. The Heat are next! and it dosen’t look good for Lebron and co. Dallas to win in game 7.

  18. LakersFan 23 says:

    I would not consider myself to be a Mavs fan or a Heat, but this move by Terry is a bad one. Overconfidence is the most powerful form of carelessness, and he was definitely careless by doing this. Heat in 5 !!!! and Terry is going to have that tattoo for the rest of his life reminding him of what could have been !!!!!!

    • MOXI says:

      then what you call that pre-season celebration by trio los panchos winning championship before they even start playing ball?

  19. swag!!! the MAV’s in 6/ my boy told me about the tattoo. JET is the x-factor in these playoff mavs bench outplays miami all day. Heat solid team but not enough for the mavs.

  20. It’s just interesting to see these teams in a repeat of 2006. Unbelievable!! First think about the starting line-up. I pick Jason kidd over mike bibby. when mike bibby played for the kings, the offense was run through him, but now it ain’t… Dirk vs. Lebron. That’s a fantastic battle. Bosh vs. Chandler. Post man vs. non-post man. Dwayne wade vs. Shawn Marion, will see how that shapes up. But, think about the dallas bench. They are deeper then Miami. Honestly, this series should go to 7 but i feel like the mavs take it in 6. If the heat win, they win in 7, the mavs are not going out that hard

  21. BullsChampionshipTeam says:

    I like Jason Terry, but that is pretty ignorant. Even though yes I think the Mavs will win the title also he shouldn’t gloat before anything even happens.

  22. Moe Heat 4 ya says:

    Leave it be and let the games begin… Sit back, relax and enjoy! Just be glad your team is in the finals for now and hope for the best just as I would do… Heat in 5! Scorching Hot Season!

  23. Mark Cuban says:

    Mavericks will sweep; 4-0… despite the FLOP-SHOW that Wade and the Dolphins put on.

  24. Mark Cuban says:

    Mavs will sweep as the Floppers can’t score enough to keep up with the offense of Dallas.

    Heat would have to hit over 50% just to keep the games close.

  25. Wilton says:

    is that really mark cuban commenting? mark cuban as in the owner of the mavs?

  26. Wilton says:

    of course, mavs at 6! lets go mavs!

  27. DA HELL? says:

    In a few weeks time, Terry can finally finish his tattoo with Heat 2011.. thanks for coming! Enjoy the JET ride home! miami in 5!

  28. LBJ for best actor says:

    LBJ will do what he did in game 5 vs the bulls..
    flopping.. dam!

  29. Orin says:

    Heat in 6.

  30. WhiteHotHEAT says:

    That’s the Westerm Conference trophy! No way that would be the NBA FINALS trophy!

    • Beat The heat. says:

      Blazers are better Than LA OKC AND NOW THE HEAT, WHY you ask, THEY BET DALLAS TWO TIMES, LA NONE, OKC ONE, AND NOW HEAT TWO.
      DALLAS WILL WIN IT ALL!

  31. LBJwillHaveAriNgwHenKOBEretires says:

    Atleast when he had the tattoo he didn’t declared anything or make a a big deal about it, or have have a pre-season party like they already won the championship… nuff said

  32. luigi says:

    shut up all of you!. its mavs time to have a ring

  33. Gary says:

    Terry realizes that’s as close as he’ll get to the real thing. Good move Jet.

    • No game yet says:

      No, your team was so happy to beat Bosten and Dalles did not jump up and down when they beat LA., WHY, because They are waiting for the last game of the year.

  34. AngelfromPR says:

    the mavs will win this

  35. best nba season says:

    who ever think the heat are gone win the series dont have a hi basketball iq…heat will be lucky to win one game against the mavs..mavs in 5

  36. LetsGoMavs says:

    JET was probably not asking any of us what we thought about his tattoo so lets just keep the mean comments to our selves… he did’nt get the tattooto see what we thought… he just got it because he wants to win the finals:)

  37. DDS says:

    Jason Terry will get the real trophy this month! Yeah! Beat The heat.

  38. No game yet Beat The heat. says:

    Beat The heat,
    HOW, WARE SUN SCREEN! Oh ya and Make THE BLAZERS HAPPY AND WIN IT ALL.

    • Blazers says:

      THE BLAZERS GAVE DALLES THE MOST TROUBLE, THEY BET THEM TWO TIMES. LA NONE, OKC ONE. HEAT TWO.

  39. Beat The heat. says:

    Beat The heat.
    HOW, WITH SUN SCREEN. MAKE THE BLAZER FANS HAPPY AND WIN IT ALL DALLAS. tHEN IT WILL MAKE THE BLAZERS LOOK EVEN BETTER THAT WAY!

  40. for nbapolice its clearly that your a psychopat.. miami 4-0 sweep all the way God knows..

  41. Mike says:

    Good thing Terry left enough room to ink “Miami Heat” once this series is over! Boy is he going to look foolish! Heat in 6!

  42. RealBasketball says:

    Looks like its been Decided. My MIAMI HEAT will be the MAVS watever happens.

    Reasons:
    -The NBA hates Cuban and the Mavericks
    -Miami will get to the foul line like 40+times in 1 game.
    -When Joe Crawford officiates, say your prayers Mavs.
    -See those “expert analysts”, of course they know who’ll win, they know whats going on inside of the League itself.
    -NBA is building up another Dynasty, pretty much like the 90′s Bulls. And MJ as LBJ. When that happens=$$PROFIT

    So even if Miami plays terrible, they will win. They have the refs,stern, and the whole organization. SORRY MAVS!!! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHA!

  43. BlackHorstDown says:

    Well, one to go and he could add a “2011” tattoo.

  44. "dirty money" nowitzki!! says:

    its mavs year as long as jet can come alive in the fourth like he has been we will be celebrating in miami sunday night..who wouldnt want to be an NBA CHAMPION in miami???

  45. MAVFAN4LIFE says:

    WHERE U HEAT FANS AT NOW

  46. allaround baller says:

    YOU CAN COMPARE THIS TO BRON TATTOO “CHOOSEN ONE”. WHAT WAS THAT? AND WHICH ONE IS ARROGANT? THIS IS PART OF THE SHOW, BOTH ENJOY THAT

  47. heat fan says:

    heat will nail ur mavs gm6 gm7. sorry sucka mavs

  48. Rman says:

    Even if the mavs don’t win… What’s wrong with a tattoo of the one thing you’ve been striving for a big part of your life?

  49. Timothy Bladel says:

    The Heat are winning what. This first comment on this page says the heat are winning, but they are down 8 points with five minutes to go in game six, and all Dallas has to do is play almost as good as the Heat.

  50. Richard says:

    Well there you have it

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