LeBron James: Poster dunk ‘sweeter’ because Jason Terry ‘talks too much’
By Ben Golliver
LeBron James put Jason Terry on a poster, he received a technical foul for staring him down afterward and now he’s letting the world know just how much he enjoyed it.
ESPN.com reports that the NBA’s reigning MVP sees his emphatic alley-oop finish that sent Terry to the floor as the right medicine to combat the Celtics’ guard’s notorious motormouth.
“I’ve had a chance to [review] it, and it was one of my better ones,” James said. “The fact that it happened to J.T. made it that much sweeter. Because we all know J.T. and he talks too much sometimes. And I’m glad it happened to him.”
The Boston Globe reported Terry’s reaction, which is as full of bravado as a poster dunk victim’s take can be.
Terry on LeBron dunk: “My reaction was when the fans were cheering and I went up and knocked down the technical. That’s a great reaction.”
So what Terry trash talk is James talking about specifically? There is a mountainous archive of quotes that date back years and years, but a few pertinent James-centric jabs stick out.
Prior to Miami’s win over Boston, which marked their 23rd in a row, Terry said the Celtics couldn’t care less about the Heat’s streak, according to ESPNBoston.com.
“Not really impressed with it or anything that they do,” said Terry, who has a history with Miami from his Dallas days when the two teams met in the 2011 Finals. “So, for me, it’s more about what our team is doing and how we’re coming together as a unit.”
The back-and-forth trash talk really reached a crescendo during the 2011 Finals between the Heat and Terry’s Mavericks. The Palm Beach Post reported that Terry claimed that the Blazers, the Mavericks’ first-round opponent, played better defense than the Heat and openly wondered whether James could stop him following Game 3.
Terry is shooting just 38.2 percent, and hasn’t made a shot when LeBron James has been guarding him in the fourth quarter.
“I’m welcoming the challenge,” Terry said of James. “We’re going to see if he can do it for seven games.”
James is correct that this slam was one of his “better ones,” and it marked his first entry into the “Dunk of the Year” conversation. That list includes: Jordan over Knight; Kobe Bryant over Josh Smith; Bryant over Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Greg Monroe; DeMar DeRozan over Timofey Mozgov; Nick Young over Larry Sanders; Kevin Durant over Marcin Gortat; Gerald Henderson over Dwight Howard; Byron Mullens over LaMarcus Aldridge; Jeff Green over Al Jefferson; and Harrison Barnes over Nikola Pekovic.