Courtney Lee verbally confirmed what we all suspected based on his NBA history of willingly playing subservient roles: He came to the Boston Celtics to win, and he doesn’t care how Doc Rivers uses him. (WEEI)
“I had a lot of different offers from a lot of different teams, but the one I really wanted to come to was Boston,” Lee said Thursday from the Boston Children’s Museum, where the Celtics held their Summer Soiree to benefit the Shamrock Foundation. “So, I spoke to my agent and I spoke to my family. It was a decision that I had to take less money to come here, but in that I’ll be winning, I’ll have a chance to play on TV. That’s what everybody wants to do. They want to win big and a chance to win a ring, so it was a no-brainer for me.”
“I just want to win,” said Lee. “I’m not the coach, so whatever Doc feels will help the team it’s his decision, so I’m just going to go out there and just play. [Coming off the bench] is the same as starting a game. You’ve got a job and a role to go out there and fulfill, and you’ve just got to be a professional and handle that.”
The Celtics have a reputation as a tight-knit team and brotherhood (see: Jeff Green waking up from surgery to see a number of his teammates waiting). That will only help them on their quest to build a harmonious locker room year in and year out. Because of the team-oriented culture in Boston (Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo’s supreme cat fight notwithstanding), the Celtics now attract the right type of players: winners who want to serve a role, play alongside as much talent as possible, compete for championships and strum their guitars while singing Kumbaya around a bonfire each night.