Jason Terry puts sneakers up for sale
Via Reebok.com, Terry is auctioning off the autographed Reebok Zig Slash sneakers he wore for most of the NBA Finals. The proceeds will go to the Jason Terry Foundation, the charity the Mavericks' sixth man set up in 2000. He said the money would be earmarked to fund his basketball camps and the Amateur Athletic Union teams he sponsors.
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Terry, who averaged 18.0 points on 49.4 percent shooting in the Finals, agreed to auction off the shoes after a Reebok representative approached him with the idea to let a fan "take home a piece of history."
Otherwise, Terry would have kept the shoes and put them in a trophy case, as he did with the pair he wore while making an NBA playoff-record-tying nine 3-pointers in the sweep finale against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. Terry acknowledged that he was a little hesitant to put the shoes on the auction block.
"It's hard, man, because to have a performance like that in a game of that magnitude, you want to keep everything," Terry told ESPNDallas.com, his voice still hoarse from celebrating. "Socks, headband, wristbands -- I've got all that stuff. But Reebok is my guys, so I'll go with whatever they want to do."
The high bid for the shoes was $1,400 at 5 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. The auction closes the night of June 26.
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.