HOUSTON - While Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry is no longer involved in UAB’s process to find a new basketball coach, he is “encouraged” with the process.
“Now the word is out there of my aspirations to coach,” Terry said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports prior to the Rockets’ game with the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday at Toyota Center.
Terry confirmed that UAB athletics director Mark Ingram told him the school was moving in a different direction.
“I’m encouraged,” Terry said. “It was my first time (to interview).
“The AD told me I had a good interview.”
Terry had said he interviewed with Ingram and the UAB board in Houston on Thursday.
Blazers officials were in Houston for the Final Four, and meeting with candidates.
The Montgomery Advertiser, which first reported Terry is no longer part of UAB’s process, also reported that former NBA forward Chuck Person, the school’s all-time leading scorer, has been told he is no longer involved as well.
Terry said on Friday his goal to play two more seasons remains intact.
However, he said meeting with UAB officials was about keeping his options open, and is consistent with his future plans to be a basketball coach in college or the NBA.
Terry is in his 17th NBA season, second with the Rockets. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
Terry is third all-time in the NBA in shooting three pointers behind Ray Allen and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller.