Jason Terry knows how to handle pressure

by Micah Hart

Hang Time Podcast co-host Lang Whitaker (he does have other gigs as well, but as far as I’m concerned that’s his most glamorous role) knows Jason Terry pretty well from covering the league over the years, and in particular covering the Hawks back in 1999-2000 when both were still in Atlanta.

Lang guested for a column at GQ yesterday to give the fans a little insight into the life of the JET, offering up 11 things you probably didn’t know about the Mavs’ super-sub.

In particular, I found this passage to be pretty enlightening:

The first time Jason Terry drove a car was when he was 14 years old. His mother was in labor in the passenger seat. “I didn’t even have a permit,” Jason remembered. “She’s kicking me, going, ‘Come on, pick it up! What are you doing?’ She was having the baby right there!”

So yeah – maybe crunch time in a playoff game isn’t so tough once you’ve had to handle a situation like that. It becomes even more impressive when you find out Terry got a tattoo of himself* driving his mother to the hospital before she even went into labor!

*not really

SLAM’s Lang Whitaker Presents 11 Things You Don’t Know About Jason Terry [GQ]

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  1. LOL says:

    He shot 40% last game, and has had a worse series than Lebron. Yet he still feels like its OK FOR HIM to celebrate with the “airplane”, but not Wade or Lebron or anyone else apparently is allowed to celebrate a good shot or a play. What a BABY this guy is!!

    WHHAAAA Wade kept his fist in the air after he made a shot. WHHAAAAA him and Lebron did a chestbump. But O..O..lemee do the airplane yaaaaaayyyy

    How childish and immature his comments were about their celebrating. He isn’t even GOOD ENOUGH to be able to DO the “airplane”, let alone COMPLAINING about anyone elses MILDER celebrations.


    • Trevain says:

      There is a difference between celebrating with 7-mins left in the game and a minute left in the game. YES, Terry has had a horrible series till game 5,, BUT Terry is definetely appearing more clutch than Levron. How many points has Lebron scored with 5 mins remaining leading up to Game 5… ZERO!!! Nowitzki has more clutch points than the two of them combined.

      Terry may not be a star but he is definetely the reason why they are winning. When he’s dropping 3’s in Lebrons face, you can’t say he has no reason to celebrate So let the JET take-off.

    • Rai says:

      Wade and Lebron has no right to celebrate? yeah, maybe bcoz they already celebrated before the season began?! promising a championship, nothing else. If the Mavs win, its gonna be a slap on their faces, LOL! and the heat cant celebrate even up 15 in the 4th quarter coz they cant finish it. Unlike the Mavs, in your face Lebron! a 6’2 player shooting a 3 over a 6’8 star player, ha ha ha!

  2. Karl says:

    Terry doesen´t have even that much playoff experience to handle pressuer

    • Jake says:

      I’m no fan of Jason Terry, but you’re stupid if you think Terry doesn’t have enough playoff experience to handle pressure. This is his second NBA Finals and he’s been in the playoffs seven straight years with Dallas.

    • Rai says:

      epic fail dude, LOL! know your facts 1st

  3. MAVERICK says:

    Quit your whining the Mavs are up lol

  4. TheMan33 says:

    Yes I agree… the Mavs are up in the series, that is all that matters. And as far as pressure, Terry has been known his whole career for hitting big shots. And for big shots in games… I’m sorry, but who was it that Terry drained the 3 on before doing the airplane… Oh that’s right, some guy named Lebron.

  5. cloyzeppelin says:

    better to trade LBJ for D.howard much better big 3 and also LBJ cant handle pressure, let wade hold the ball on the last minute and let him decide what play he wants to execute not on a guy who cant handle pressure like lebron,, hes very very good player but not yet in the level of wade and kobe or even brandon roy at clutch but hes very dominant player

    • Rai says:

      Better trade both Bosh and Lebron for D. Howard. Both can score except in the 4th quarter. Both has no defense (Lebron is only good at help defense when a player doesnt know that he is coming fron the back or side), Lastly, both are all talk, LOL!

  6. Showstoppa says:

    Heat fans quit cryn. Just cause you have the Dream Team playn for you, and are still down 3-2 in the series. Maybe if Lebron and D wade stop sleepn with eachother theyd have enough energy in the 4th quarter.

  7. JESUS says:

    JAJAJAJAJA i really laughed at the last joke about the terry driving his mom tatooo

  8. ekusoans says:

    This is a very exciting series.. .there is so much pressure for Lebron to deliver.. there is so much criticism on him, I cant wait till tomorrow. I hope Dallas wins. its about time for Dirk / J Kidd / Marion / Terry and the Mavs to get a championship

  9. Guru says:

    JET is severely underrated. It’s a shame he’s never been an all-star. The guy is as clutch as they come. If you doubt that Miami fans, just go back and look at the 19 fourth-quarter points he scored against you at Miami in December. He was the best player on the floor with four All-NBAers in the game.

  10. Guru says:

    Actually, make that six counting Kidd and Marion…

  11. Big SM says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts, The Jet is about to take off!