Previously on That NBA Lottery Pick, we featured Dallas Maverick’s guard Jason Terry rather-superstitious side when he stated that he would remove the Larry O’Brien tattoo on his left bicep if the Mavericks lost the Finals.
Well, Terry decided before game one to sleep with a little good luck. What was that good luck? Gary Payton’s game used shorts from the 2006 NBA Finals.
We get more from ESPN:
Terry always wears a pair of the opponent’s game shorts to bed the night before games, a superstition that dates to his college days.
That didn’t change Monday night, when Terry slipped on a pair of Miami Heat shorts.
Only these weren’t any Heat shorts. These were a pair given to Terry by Gary Payton after Miami beat Dallas to win the NBA championship in 2006.
“Gary Payton gave me some back when they beat us,” said Terry, the only player other than Dirk Nowitzki remaining on the Mavericks’ roster from the 2006 Finals team. “I slept good.”
Terry must have slept good but I guess the shorts didn’t work their magic as the Mavericks lost game one of the 2011 NBA Finals.