BOSTON -- OJ Mayo was brought to Dallas this past summer to theorically replace Jason Terry, who left the Mavericks via free agency to play for the Boston Celtics.
But is there anything about Mayo's game that remind the Mavs of Terry?
"I think they're different because Jet was always about speed and quickness,'' owner Mark Cuban said. "OJ is a little bit more finesse and physical (than Terry), but they’re both gamers.
"They both want the ball and they both want to win and they both have the same amount of heart when it comes to wanting to win. From the willingness to learn, commitment to winning, gamer,
mentality, yeah, they’re both a lot alike.''
While coach Rick Carlisle received major offensive productions from Terry and Mayo, he acknowledged that it's difficult to compare the two players.
"There are similar characteristics (between Terry and Mayo), but again the style of play is significantly different,'' Carlisle said. "They’re both terrific players, but to me it’s more of an apple-orange type of conversation just in terms of how they both go about doing their particular jobs.''
Cuban has noticed one bottom-line intangible that describes both Mayo and Terry.
"They’re different personalities, but they’re both winners,'' Cuban said. "I think Jet had to get to a point where he recognized that all we cared about was winning, and I think OJ knew that coning in.
"He just had to adjust more to what we’re doing, and it's still a work in progress. It's not like he’s going to score 40 points every game. I hope he does.''
-- Dwain Price
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