TERRY: NETS READY TO ROLL

Jason Terry 114832993BY023_Finals_Game 5Finally, London and the rest of the NBA are going to see what the Brooklyn Nets are all about tonight. Jason Terry is sure of it.

A team put together with money no object and assembled for the sole reason of winning the NBA championship, the Nets are starting to improve in the win column and slowly moving up the standings.

Terry, who came over to the Nets as part of the blockbuster summer trade that saw Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce also swap Boston for Brooklyn, believes the Nets are now showing what they are capable of.

“You’ll see the cream rise to the top,” said Terry, speaking before the Nets practiced at London’s o2 Arena on Wednesday. “A team like us, the Brooklyn Nets, we’re a new team, a team that has been assembled on the fly.

“There’s been an adjustment period for us and we’ve struggled with getting to know each other and injuries. A team that’s assembled the way we are, you’ll see us start to rise now.”

Having enjoyed his first season in Boston, Terry didn’t really want to leave but knowing that Garnett and Pierce were going with him made the trade easier to accept.

“No question,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d even be on the Brooklyn Nets if Paul and Kevin weren’t here.”

The number of players missing this season with injuries has been staggeringly high and even the Nets have had their fair share, most notably losing Brook Lopez for the season, while fellow starter Deron Williams struggles to overcome ankle issues.

Terry hopes the Nets are over the worst of it.

“I haven’t seen anything like it in my 15 years in the NBA,” he said. “It’s been difficult, but it’s one thing that you realise in life and in basketball, you’re going to go through some adverse times, but how you come through those adverse times is what moulds you as a person and a team.

“I think we’ve put those times behind us and hopefully we’re starting to elevate our game now.”

Already with a championship ring from his time in Dallas, the 36-year-old Terry knows he is entering the twilight of his career, but has no plans to retire any time soon.

“I think I’ve got about three or four more years in me and then I’ll head into coaching,” he explained. “Whether it’ll be in college or the NBA, that is to be determined.”

Terry also has ambitions of doing some broadcasting one day, but for now all that matters is doing his bit for a Brooklyn side looking to gain some ground on Indiana and Miami before the real season begins in April.

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