As a player, you want to win. That’s when your name lives on. I want my son to remember his dad playing in the NBA, and how you do that when your kid’s so young is by playing on a team that wins.
It didn’t take me long to embrace being a Celtic. I hate whoever they hate. The Lakers are number one up there and the Heat aren’t too far behind. Doc tells us every day to think about the Heat. Not only does he tell us, but the film plays over and over if you go to the practice facility. Before practice and after practice, that series [2012 Eastern Conference Finals] is playing over and over on the television. We start off the season against them (Oct. 30 in Miami). Obviously the road to the championship goes through the champions and that’s the Miami Heat. I take it on. I take it on personally. This is just a part of me, my make up, and my character. I’m just so happy to be on a team with guys who are just as passionate as I am because that’s how I play every day. You know Kevin Garnett is probably the most passionate guy I’ve ever been around. I’ve only been around a month and a-half, but he plays the way I do.
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry
If you’re sitting over here bullshitting, they tend to bullshit. That’s why I don’t really talk a lot. I like to be the example. Anything after practice that I can help them with, I kind of pull them to the side and show them different things. We watch a lot of film in the locker room and talk. For these young guys, man, I just try to be there for when they need me. I’m not a guy to push myself on anybody, but anything that they want to know, anything that they’re having trouble with, I try to be accessible to them.
Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett
on mentoring younger big men (video here
We’re a month and a half into this process. And it was all [Rajon Rondo]. He’s the leader of this team. And him bringing us together meant a lot because, as you can see, our chemistry is pretty good out there, guys knowing where to be and when to be there.
Celtics guard Jason Terry