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Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee
Position: G-F
Born: 10/03/85
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Salary: $11,242,000
Why did Noah put such an emphasis on recruiting Lee? “I think Courtney is a guy who is going to do all the little things, whatever it takes to win games,” Noah said. “This team has a lot of star power, especially with Carmelo [Anthony] and the emergence of [Kristaps] Porzingis. I think it’s just important to have guys who are willing to do the dirty work. I think he’s a great locker room guy. He’s very well respected all around the league from his style of play and I’m just really happy that he’s here.”
With the additions of Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Noah and Lee, the Knicks have made it clear they want to win now. Lee believes the new additions will be enough to push New York over the hump and get back into the playoffs for the first time since losing in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals. “One hundred percent,” Lee told Basketball Insiders when asked if the Knicks are a playoff-caliber team. “Thinking of everybody that’s on this team, there’s a lot of playoff experience and there’s a lot of playoffs games that have been played throughout the group of guys on this team. That’s every team’s goal and every player’s goal to try and win big, win in the playoffs and come out with the jewelry at the end.”
Courtney Lee, New York Knicks: “We’re contenders, man. They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but we’re looking to change that and win big. The ring is the ultimate goal for everybody on the team; I know it is for me. When they talked to me and told me about the pieces they were adding alongside the players who were already there, I didn’t think anything less than a championship [was the goal]. We’re trying to get the Knicks back into the playoffs and win big. … Everybody is hungry and everybody has their own motivation or chip on their shoulder. We just need to come together, get that chemistry and see it click. Once everybody is together and everybody is hungry, I think we can be very scary.”
But in a free-agent summer of hard choices, the Hornets said goodbye to Lin, Walker’s backup, plus center Al Jefferson and shooting guard Courtney Lee. “It sucks,” Walker said of free-agent losses. “But that’s the business: You’re always going to play with some new guys every year. You think about Big Al, who I wish we could have kept. He helped change this franchise around big time from the day he got here.”
“The time is now for us,’’ Anthony said Monday. “The time is now for the city and the fans. The time is now. Everybody is tired of waiting and waiting. Now it’s time we can go out there and put a competitive team [on the floor]. For me, the time is now. For us as city and an organization, that should be the mindset — the time is now.’’ Jackson, who said he made the somewhat risky splash to placate Anthony’s desire to take advantage of the final years of his prime, traded for Derrick Rose, the oft-injured former MVP, then signed center Joakim Noah, starting shooting guard Courtney Lee and backup point guard Brandon Jennings.