I can’t recall a time where a guy that’s currently on a NBA roster is getting head coaching interviews on the collegiate level.
Well, Jason Terry says hello.
A few days ago, “The Jet” interviewed for the UAB job and it went over very well, according to the Houston Rockets guard.
“I’m encouraged,” Terry told KRIV-TV before the Rockets’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It was my first time [to interview]. The AD told me I had a good interview.”
Unfortunately, UAB has cut off Terry from their list of coaching candidates. With that being said, Terry is still encouraged.
“Now the word is out there of my aspirations to coach,” Terry stated.
The question now is whether or not Terry could succeed as a head coach in general.
One thing in his favor is a great amount of experience. Terry has played in the NBA 16 seasons and he’s also been looked at as a player with great basketball IQ.
A prime example would be during the 2011 NBA Finals when the Dallas Mavericks upset LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
For a two guard, Terry would be labeled as undersized, but he proved during that finals that it’s not all about physical make-up, as he averaged nearly 18 points per game that postseason.
Also, if Terry were to land a college gig, one would have to assume he would be able to reel in recruits because he’s very relatable and young guys respect his game.
Anytime you bring a NBA guy to the amateur level, recruiting should become the less of your worries.
With all of that being said, Terry doesn’t have any coaching experience, but one may argue that’s he’s been a coach on the court for 16 years.