Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

Jason Terry: ‘I’m a Maverick’

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Before the 2010-11 season, Jason Terry had the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the NBA champion, tattooed on his bicep.

If you ignore similar tattoos he got with the Celtics and Nets, Terry – who helped Dallas clinch the 2011 title – is a true Maverick.

He’s spent a majority of his 15-year career in Dallas. He declared his intention to retire with the Mavericks, and he hopes they’ll someday retire his jersey. He even accused the Spurs of intentionally shutting off the air conditioning on LeBron James and the Heat in the NBA Finals, a dig at rival San Antonio any paranoid Dallas fan would appreciate

Terry on ESPN Radio-Dallas, as transcribed by Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

“I won’t rule out returning back to Dallas,” Terry said. “It’s my home and my heart. I bleed blue. I’m a Maverick.”

Well, noooo…. Terry is a King.

For now anyway.

Terry is trying really hard to angle his way out of Sacramento, and this comment jams the wedge in deeper. He never joined the Kings when traded to Sacramento mid-season, and he gave incredibly accurate blunt assessments of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

The Kings would probably be amenable to waiving Terry – as long he gives up a portion of the $5,850,313 he’s guaranteed next season. First, they might try to use his expiring contract to facilitate a trade, maybe for Josh Smith. If Terry is waived, his buyout is stuck on the books and unmovable.

If Terry is traded due only to his salary – like he was from Brooklyn to Sacramento – he can start transparently lobbying his way out of his next destination. For now, he’s focused on convincing the Kings to rid themselves of him and doing a pretty solid job.

Aaron Gordon both legs over the mascot, ball-under-the-legs dunk (VIDEO)

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TORONTO — Zach LaVine won the NBA All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest, but in an epic night for my money this was the single best dunk.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon broke ground with this one — guys have jumped over mascots and other players before (and a Kia hood), but by splitting their legs apart. Gordon just put both legs over Stuff (that’s the mascot’s name, Stuff the Magic Dragon, I don’t make this up) — and took the ball off the mascot’s head, went under his legs, and threw it down.

Insane.

Gordon deserved a trophy for his performance in this dunk contest.

Zach LaVine edges Aaron Gordon in epic, insane Dunk Contest

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TORONTO — That. Was. Amazing.

In a dunk contest that will go down with the all-time greats — Jordan vs. Dominique, Dr. J from the free throw line — Minnesota’s Zach LaVine defended his dunk contest title. Barely. Because Orlando’s Aaron Gordon was doing dunks nobody had ever seen before.

And LaVine was bringing it just as hard.

The two men advanced to the finals — dismissing Will Barton and Andre Drummond, each of whom had good dunks — and that was when it got wild.

There were four second-round dunks, and four perfect scores of 50. (That was in spite of Shaq, who wanted to give nines for second attempts.)

“I was prepared for four (second round dunks),” LaVine said. “To tell the truth, he came with something that no one else has done. He did two dunks that were just crazy with the mascots, jumping over them. We just kept pushing each other until the last dunk. I’ve got to give it up to my boy Will “The Thrill” Barton. It’s because of him I think I won. Because he said try to go from the free-throw line. I’d never done that before, and I just tried it. So I guess it was a great dunk. I think it was the best one ever.”

The Air Canada Centre crowd was exploding with every dunk. The two men went to a dunk-off — and got two more 50s.

“If I knew it was going to be like that, I would have prepared better and we would have been here dunking all night, going back 50 after 50 after 50 after 50,” Gordon said. “We would have been here all night. I didn’t know it was going to be like that. I was just hoping Zach was going to miss, and it wasn’t going to happen. You could see as my facial expressions when Zach dunks it, it’s like okay, that’s a 50. Like I know we’re going to have to dunk again.”

So they went to a second-round of overtime, where LaVine put up another 50 and won the contest.

Gordon was close to perfect.

Zach LaVine can flat-out fly.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon with the over-the-mascot mad dunk

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TORONTO — Aaron Gordon was giving Zach LaVine all he could handle in the Dunk Contest.

He blew the lid off the Air Canada Centre with this dunk in the first round — and it wasn’t even his best dunk of the night. Never seen this before.

This dunk contest was awesome, so much more video to come.

Zach LaVine opens Slam Dunk Contest title defense with spectacular behind-the-back slam (VIDEO)

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TORONTO — Zach LaVine clearly heard all the talk that Aaron Gordon or Will Barton had a chance to upset him in the Slam Dunk Contest. He came out ready to prove his superiority right off the bat. This behind-the-back slam was his first attempt of the night:

Even better was the reaction, both from Andre Drummond and from LaVine’s Minnesota teammates: