Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 12/17/12
Sing it with me now people: “All we are saaayiiiiiing, is give Lee a chaaaance.” Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee is a 27-year-old sharpshooter who can also finish at the rim, yet somehow, he’s lost minutes to Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa. Like teammate Jeff Green, Lee is a natural-born starter who’s played on the bench for the past few seasons and are worse for the wear because of it. In just Lee’s second season in the league, he posted career-highs in points (17), steals (1.3), assists (1.7) and rebounds (3.5). After being drafted by Orlando and traded to New Jersey the next season, Lee parlayed his performance with the Nets into a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets before being traded to Boston. All the man has done is progressed, and all he’s gotten for his troubles is a plane ticket to a different locale. What’s more, Lee is losing out on minutes to 35-year-old Jason Terry and barely playing ahead of Leandro Barbosa, who at age 30, has started 34 fewer games than Lee. Further complicatin the situation is the impending return of third-year guard Avery Bradley, who had two offseason shoulder surgeries and has yet to play a game this season. Now, I get that Bradley needed only two seasons to establish himself as an elite perimeter defender, but he also has turnover problems the likes of Jeremy Lin. How much more disrespect can be shoved in Lee’s face? The Celtics need an offensive closer, are already set defensively, HAVE what they need in Lee, and aren’t using him. The logic of Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge really can’t get much more perplexing. I also bring up the fact that, as far as a closer goes, Lee is 3-of-7 for his career on shots that either win or send a game into overtime. For those of you playing at home, that’s 43-percent. Rajon Rondo has developed the notion that he can knock down jumpers at the end of the game (he can’t) and Paul Pierce doesn’t have anyone to take the defensive pressure off of him since Ray Allen bolted in free agency. Enter “Corner Three” Courtney Lee (patent pending). Aside from a seven-point effort on Nov. 2 in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Lee has yet to score less than double figures when given 30+ minutes (four games). He hasn’t been a focal point in any team’s offense since his lone season in New Jersey, and now’s the time to free him.
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