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Lee didn’t play a single minute in the Warriors’ first-round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans; he played only nine total minutes through the first three games of this second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. So when Curry told Lee during the first round that the power forward’s time would come, the 32-year-old wasn’t buying it. “There were a couple times I yelled back at him,” Lee said. “Even in the New Orleans series I was like, ‘Man, you’re playing great’ or ‘Great job.’ And he’s like, ‘Look man, you’re not out of this thing, we’re going to really need you.’ “I’m just like, ‘All right, all right, I appreciate it — politician Steph.” Sportal

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Warriors forward David Lee served as a spectator during the first-round series against the Pelicans, but he is ready to play after recovering from a lower back strain. In a potential Western Conference semifinal series against Memphis, which leads its first-round series against Portland 3-0, Lee could very well see action. Draymond Green picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter of each of the Warriors' past two wins against Memphis and was replaced by Lee, who ended up playing double-digit minutes in both games. "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said of Memphis. San Jose Mercury-News

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Green stayed in the starting lineup, and Lee lost his job, in essence, because of the injury. Green, as always, was willing to share his candid view of it all. "It meant a lot," he said of Kerr's decision. "It showed that his only agenda was winning … It's no disrespect to David – the guy has been an All-Star, and to stick with what we'd been winning with? I'm not saying David wouldn't have filled back in and we wouldn't have kept winning, but it was proven that we were winning. (Kerr's move) meant a lot to me. It just showed everyone that his only agenda was winning. "(What Kerr did) is not normal. You won't see it much. But guys accepted their role. David could've been an (expletive) about it and been a cancer. But he accepted his role and continued to try to help me USA Today Sports

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By next season, Lee certainly will be eager to make his mark in a contract year during which he will receive about $15.5 million as he winds up a six-year deal. Unless Golden State tries to trade him before then. "It's definitely a challenging new role, and tough to find a rhythm sometimes," Lee said. "But I wouldn't trade it for anything with how our team's doing. I just see this as an opportunity to prove that I'm a team guy, prove how much I care about winning." USA Today Sports

March 16, 2015 Updates

Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Bay Area columnist Tim Kawakami last month that the team was prepared to be "very likely very substantially" in the luxury tax next season, which would seem to indicate Golden State's willingness to match any offer for Green. The Warriors have long been rumored to be willing to deal Lee, who'll be entering the last year of his deal next season and would be a valuable trade chip. NBA.com

March 14, 2015 Updates

David Lee, getting his first start of the season after not playing because of a coach's decision in three of the previous four games, added 13 points. "As a competitor, it's very frustrating," Lee said of not having played recently. "But of course you don't put those feelings in front of the fact that you're happy about the team and the team winning and want to be a part of something special." Contra Costa Times

Asked if in his mind there was a silent disagreement about playing time, Warriors forward David Lee swatted away that idea. “No, let’s not go there. Let’s not go there,” Lee said. “I got injured to start the year, and Coach (Steve Kerr) has found some great combinations. Contra Costa Times

March 10, 2015 Updates

Kerr sighed and paused ever so briefly. "David's a great player. He's been an All-Star. He's still in his prime," he went on. "What's been tricky is that we’ve developed a formula while he was out that has been very effective for us. And you compound that with the fact that the whole league is going small at the 4-position and every night you're playing a 3-point shooter at the 4 spot. We've adapted to that. We've adapted to our early-season lineups. Draymond has obviously grabbed that position. So it's tricky." CSNBayArea.com

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