July 8, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Warriors, Klay Thompson will miss David Lee
Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson took to Instagram yesterday to write a farewell note to one of his former teammates in 32-year-old veteran David Lee. July 7, 2015 the 2013 former All-Star David Lee was traded to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace. It wasn’t by surprise, as it would have been hard to keep Lee around, after resigning Draymond Green to a five-year deal worth around 85 million dollars.
The former Florida Gator and 11 year veteran has spent his last five seasons with the Golden St. Warriors after beginning his career with the New York Knicks in 2005. Lee was instrumental in the progress of the Warriors becoming a Western Conference title contender and recently an NBA Champion. In the 2012-2013 season David was named as a Western Conference All-Star reserve, which was the first Golden St. All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. He finished the season averaging 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Lee’s 2015 production was hindered by a hamstring injury that found him with a reduced role from being a starter to a bench player this season. David remained a true professional with his reduced minutes while keeping himself ready for when his number was called. After Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals, rookie head coach Steve Kerr made an adjustment to go small with his team, so he called upon Lee’s number in which he delivered by helping the Warriors win their first NBA title in 40 years against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I’m always on my toes,” Lee said. “I’ve told [Kerr], ‘Whatever you need, if you need me to play one offensive possession, if you need me to get a rebound, I’ll do that.’ I always have to be ready. There have been times when I haven’t played in the first half and he will throw me in during the third quarter.
“Mentally, knowing what my mindset is, I’m going to be ready at all times. If I don’t play 10 games in a row, in that 11th game if I get two minutes I am going to be aggressive and playing the hardest of anyone on the floor. I’m going to stick to my identity as a player. It’s easier said than done. But I’m going to do it.”
The Celtics are hoping the NBA Finals performance by David, will return him back towards being that NBA All-Star Caliber player that has a career average of 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assist per game. As for the Warriors and Klay Thompson, they will be fine going forward trying to defend their world title next season, but they will truly miss the veteran leadership, and professionalism David Lee brought to the Warriors organization on and off the court.
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