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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  15 responses

Jason Terry’s Minutes Threatened By a Rookie

The pressure-cooker is already on in Dallas, and playing time for the vets is by no means a guarantee. Just ask Rick Carlisle (who’s in mid-season form when it comes to dropping f-bombs to the media). From ESPN: “Is rookie Dominique Jones pushing Jason Terry for playing time? The short answer is: absolutely. First, there’s this from Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle: ‘We’re what, the fifth-oldest team in the league now? We have to continue to play our young guys and develop them. Whether Dominique is going to be a starter or play that much [the 700 minutes Roddy Beaubois logged as a rookie], who knows? Anybody that can bring a different dimension and can give us toughness and athleticism defensively is going to get a strong look. To this point, he’s done all those things.’ … As for the veteran Terry, Carlisle said he’s implored him to work on ratcheting up his aggressiveness and intensity as a defender, giving him the green light to gamble more and storm passing lanes. Of course, Terry’s calling card is as a knock-down shooter and not necessarily as a savvy defender. Asked if he believes Terry can deliver a consistent defensive presence, Carlisle snapped, ‘Why the [expletive] not? Tell me why can’t he? You’ve never seen him have some great defensive possessions? Can he do that all the time? He can. He can.’ And then Carlisle added this: ‘That’s one of the great things about having Jones here. Jones has really, in five or six days, established himself as a rugged, tough, physical defender at the guard position. He’s got a chance to get minutes because of his defense.’”

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  • tom

    f***,yeah :-)

  • Groves@UWA

    Defence always earns playing time for fringe rookies. if he can build a decent offensive arsenal too he will be a good player for a long time

  • JoeMaMa

    @Groves: Jones is known as an offensive player. The fact that he’s playing D must be a pleasant surprise.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    He does have a decent offensive game. As with most rookies, he is explosive around the rim but he also has a nice jumper. Find some highlights of his play in summer league. Looks like Carlisle has learned to play his rooks after the Roddy gaffe in the playoffs last year. We will easily be one of the deepest teams in the league this year. Hopefully that can lead to the development and confidence of the younger players as they compete with vets for playing time.

  • TXLA

    Hello?

    Jones is known as an offensive power player. Led the BIG EAST in scoring!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    1st: F*ck yeah.
    2nd: about time someone screwed Rick’s head on straight, talking about playing the hungry youngsters sure seems like a step up from “Free Roddy-Gate” that happened late last season.
    3rd: JET was turrible the last 2 playoffs, especially on Offense. Maybe this’ll light the competitive fire under his bum.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    This is great pressure for a vet and great recognition for the rook.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    America fucc yeah!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    They say this now, but when the season starts, Terry will definitely get the nod.

  • Michael

    f*ck yeah

  • http://google c_cantrell

    f*ck yeah buddy

  • dsleepy

    no offense to dominique jones, but roddy beaubois is the one who should be seeing terry’s minutes.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    the kid looked incredible in summer league

  • http://thetroyblog.com TEddy-the-Bear

    Dominique Jones will be good and played really well in the summer, but I always think of him as the guy who kept shooting and never passing to Jeremy Lin in Summerleague.

  • L

    RODDY BAUBOIS !! If he gets the playing time, he’ll be in the race for most improved player. He is for real. L

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