HoopsHype David Lee rumors

March 1, 2014 Updates

Was Lee undervalued by the Knicks’ front office in 2010 despite being a double-double machine? “Decisions were made and we know at that time the focus was on making an attempt at getting LeBron James,’’ Lee said in the visitor’s locker room at the Garden. “They did everything in their power to make that push. That was a decision that was made. I don’t hold any grudges. “What happened, happened. I don’t look back with any negative thoughts on my career in New York. I wish we could have won more games. But we had a lot of changing pieces that were traded away for that ultimate push for the free-agency year. My only regret is we didn’t win more, but I love the city and loved my time here.‘’ New York Post

February 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors will take the court without their starting big men for the second consecutive game when center Andrew Bogut and David Lee miss Saturday’s game against Phoenix. Lee will be sitting out for the third time in the past four games after trying to battle through shoulder, back and hip injuries since Jan. 20, and Bogut will be missing his second straight game with an inflamed shoulder. Head coach Mark Jackson said Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green will start, the same frontcourt he used in Thursday’s victory over Chicago. San Francisco Chronicle

February 7, 2014 Updates

Warriors forward David Lee won't play Saturday at Phoenix and will miss a second consecutive game because of injury, coach Mark Jackson said. Lee will have missed three of four games after attempting to play through a shoulder sprain and hip strain. Asked where he was with the shoulder on 95.7 The Game before missing Thursday's game, Lee said, "With my shoulder, hip and back?" Contra Costa Times

February 4, 2014 Updates
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January 27, 2014 Updates

You talked about the timeline. When you came on in roughly early 2011 and then going into that summer and after the lockout, what did you perceive this team’s timeline for contention to be at that point? Bob Myers: Well what’s left from when I started is our two players, David Lee and Steph Curry. So of the 13 or 14 guys three years ago, we’ve kept two. So it’s a total overhaul of the entire roster, whether it’s through draft, trade or free agency. We have I would say, right now 13 new players in two years, which is a big turnover. Ideally you’d like to have more continuity, but we weren’t having success with the roster that year, obviously. We did believe last year, we hoped we put together a team that could make the playoffs. So our goal this year, last year it was to make the playoffs, this year was to make a good showing in the playoffs, and maybe next year it’s more than that. But we try to be realistic about where we are, we want to go beyond the goal of last year, which was just making the playoffs, and this year maybe advance in the playoffs. Maybe advance further than we did last year. Basketball Insiders

January 23, 2014 Updates

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

January 22, 2014 Updates
January 6, 2014 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young and the Golden State Warriors' David Lee today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 5. Young helped the 76ers to a 3-0 week, with all three wins coming on the road. He averaged a conference-best 25.0 points on .566 shooting from the field (ninth in the conference), 7.7 rebounds, and tied for the league lead with 3.67 steals. Young's balanced play on Jan. 2 -- 28 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists -- keyed Philadelphia's 113-104 win over the Sacramento Kings. NBA.com

January 5, 2014 Updates
January 3, 2014 Updates

His agent, David Lee, insisted Friday his client didn’t come to Cleveland simply because it was his only legitimate opportunity to prove he can still play in the NBA with the intent of eventually forcing his way out. “Cleveland is not the problem. Cleveland is not a negative connotation,” Lee said. “Andrew has shied away from publicity his entire life. He’s not a guy who needs the limelight. He lives in a simple neighborhood there. He walks his dog and rides his bike to the store. He goes to the movies by himself. Cleveland wasn’t a problem for him.” Akron Beacon Journal

Lee did not want to publicly get into specifics of why the relationship with the Cavs failed, but raved about the Cavs’ training staff, beginning with physical therapist George Sibel and his efforts to get Bynum back on the court. After he had spent about two months working with the Cavs last summer, Lee asked Bynum what he thought of the training staff. Bynum told him, “I think they’re trying to help me.” “Best answer I could ever get,” Lee said. “Their motivation was more important to me than saying they’re good or great. They were trying to help him. Can’t ask for a better answer than that. The training staff has been incredible.” Akron Beacon Journal

January 2, 2014 Updates
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November 27, 2013 Updates

In my column about bullying in the NBA, I noted that the Warriors filled then-rookie Kent Bazemore’s Audi with popcorn and removed the tires from fellow rookie Festus Ezeli’s car and placed them in his locker. Veteran forward David Lee clarified that both pranks were motivated by the rookies not following team rules. Bleacher Report

Bazemore violated the shower code, which is that if all the showers are occupied when a veteran enters, he must give his up regardless of where he is in his hygiene routine. (Apparently Stephen Curry entered and Bazemore said something to the effect of, “Just give me a minute.”) Ezeli’s indiscretion was helping himself to a plate of food on the team plane ahead of the veterans. “We didn’t do it just because they were rookies,” Lee said. “There was cause and effect.” Bleacher Report

November 20, 2013 Updates
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Bradley Beal joined fellow Chaminade alum David Lee in the NBA last season, and after a Friday morning all school assembly in Creve Coeur, will join him in another way: with a retired number hanging in the rafters at the all boys college preparatory school. Beal, a 2011 Chaminade graduate, was a big part of Kelvin Lee's 2009 club which captured the Missouri state championship. In his senior year, Beal was named Gatorade's National Boys Basketball Player of The Year on the strength of averaging 32.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Creve Coeur Patch

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