One way or another, it’s time for Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks to howl–in pain or in triumph. Terry told reporters in May that he believes in his team completely…and is willing to put up or shut up with his body art. Jason Terry said if he loses to the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, he will remove his Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy tattoo.
And in case you don’t know, removing a tattoo is usually more painful than getting a tattoo, so it’s safe to say that if Dallas loses in the NBA Finals, Terry is going to have a bummer of a week! However, he is remaining optimistic and downright “superstitious” when it comes to winning in 2011.
If the Mavericks win the championship this season, it will be the first win in the team’s 31-year history. (They have only one conference and divisional titles since 1980) Terry has been predicting all season that Dallas has a shot to win the championship, and his teammates have gradually gathered around his tattoo promise as a source of inspiration.
The experts are predicting that Miami will defeat Dallas–business as usual. However, Terry and his teammates remain focused. In fact, Terry’s arm is going to be sore no matter what happens. If his team wins and the Mavericks make history, he’s going to howl all the way back to the tattoo artist (a personal tattoo artist handpicked by DeShawn Stevenson) and fill in the date of the championship.
What do you think? Is Terry’s tattoo prophecy going to come true this season? Or does Terry have a long walk back to the locker room–his defeat culminating in shrieking laser tattoo removal? We personally put our money on the Dallas Mavericks and Terry in particular. Earlier this season, Terry tied an NBA Playoffs record for three pointers (nine), putting him in company with the greats. Terry is building momentum and is determined as ever to give Dallas its due!
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