This summer's NBA Playoffs served as a proper coming-out party for Scary Terry. The 24-year-old Boston Celtic, who also occasionally goes by Terry Rozier, took over starting point guard duties after Kyrie Irving's season ended due to knee surgery. He was rather often a sensation, catching fire in key moments before the wheels finally came off in the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
With the upcoming season featuring the returns of not just Irving but also All-Star wing Gordon Hayward, high-leverage minutes will be especially hard to come by. But to hear Rozier tell it, he's not worried about any of that. He just wants to help the team.
Terry Rozier says he's not concerned about returning to the bench.— SLAM (@SLAMonline) August 25, 2018
"If you want to win a Championship, that's what it's going to take—sacrifice" (via @ESPNForsberg) https://t.co/itQVdOncHK pic.twitter.com/se6NWsGTVi
As the former Louisville Cardinal told ESPN's Chris Forsberg, he'll willingly embrace a bench role if that's the best use of his talents in the big picture.
Sounds like a young man who's not afraid to buy into Brad Stevens' blueprint for success.
How good can the Celtics be?— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) August 25, 2018
Rozier: "We can be special. Truly special. I think you know that. I think everybody knows ... We good on paper, we just gotta get it together and make sure everybody come in, have that same mindset but I feel like it’s going to be a special group." pic.twitter.com/o5wza3Uduy
With LeBron now out west with the Lake Show, Scary Terry's Celtics are currently the most popular pick to win the Eastern Conference, a feat they haven't accomplished since 2010. His tendency to go from hot to cold for long stretches is something the player absolutely needs to address, but he stands to be one of the league's most important spark plugs off the bench if things go according to plan at TD Garden this season.
But no matter what happens, it certainly appears that his head is screwed on right.