Just last week we were marveling at Jason Terry’s Larry O’Brien tattoo, a true mark of audacity that’s been paying off in the form of added motivation for the Mavericks. Of course, such a tattoo lends itself to one simple question: What happens if the Mavericks lose in the Finals?
When a guy gets a tattoo such as Terry’s, it’s only natural to wonder what would happen if, rather than an inspiration, it became a reminder that he’d come so close to summiting the playoff mountain. Luckily, Jason Terry’s thought about that too. From ESPN:
If his Dallas Mavericks don’t beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Terry said he would have the tattoo removed from the inside of his right biceps.
“I definitely know that it will hurt worse if I have to take this thing off than it did putting it on,” Terry said Sunday after the Mavericks wrapped up their final practice before boarding their flight to Miami.
If the Mavs fail to win their first NBA championship, Terry said it would mean his tattoo was bad luck.
“I’m very superstitious,” he said.
Great. Jason Terry’s thought of everything, and I really can’t believe we didn’t intuitively know that he’d get this thing immediately removed if the Mavericks didn’t take home a non-skin version of the trophy. This is a guy that wears like a hundred pairs of socks and sleeps in his opponents shorts the night before a game, just because he’s very superstitious, nothin’ more to say. Of course he’d have it lasered off if the Mavs lose. Duh, Ralph.
Really, this was the only option for Jason Terry. Not only do covered tattoos usually look ridiculous (just ask The Game), but Terry would also still know that there was a Larry O’Brien trophy he never earned somewhere inside his body. That’d keep him awake all night, no matter what shorts he was wearing.
But it’s a very slippery slope. What happens if the Mavericks win the title? Does Terry have to get another tattoo of another Larry O’Brien trophy next year? And then if the Mavericks lose, does he only get that one removed because that is the bad luck? It’s all very confusing. Good thing DeShawn Stevenson has a tattooist on retainer.