Courtney Lee has arrived in Boston and is ready to get to work for the Celtics. As reported by Greg Payne on ESPN.com, Lee made his first public appearance as a member of the Boston Celtics, the team's annual Summer Soiree. He's definitely excited to join the Celtics.
"Once you see that there's interest from a team, the decision's up to you, so I had a tough decision to make. I had a lot of different offers from a lot of different teams, but the one I really wanted to come to was Boston, so I spoke with my agent, I spoke with my family. It was a decision that I had to take less money to come here, but in that, I'll be winning, I have a chance to play on TV, and that's what everybody wants to do -- they want to win big and have a chance to win a ring. So it was a no-brainer for me."
As much as everyone wanted Ray to come back, Courtney Lee brings so much more to the equation. Unlike Ray, Lee can create his own shot and plays very good defense. He is also athletic, a very good 3 point shooter, and has good size at 6'5". He has promised a strong commitment to defense from him. And most importantly, he wants to be in Boston and has a great team first attitude.
"[I'm] just a guy that's going to go out there and play hard every possession," Lee said. "There are no possessions off. I'm capable of scoring on the offensive end, but I'm going to give the same effort on the defensive end night in and night out.
"I just want to win. I'm not the coach, so whatever Doc feels will help the team, it's his decision," Lee said. "So I'm just going to go out there and just play.
"[Coming off the bench is] the same as starting the game. You've just got a job and a role to go out there and fulfill. You've just got to be professional and handle that."
Now, isn't that refreshing? Lee will more than likely fill in for Avery Bradley in the starting lineup while Bradley finishes his rehab. The competition for that starting spot between those two, and possibly Jason Terry also, should be great and make the whole team better. I can't wait for this season to start.