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Celtics Morning Joe: Lee not happy with Brad Stevens

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 22, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Courtney Lee was almost traded a couple of days ago, and with Rondo returing very soon. Lee will be losing time on the floor, so he better enjoy what time he has now on the floor. His lashing of Brad Stevens I understand, but I'm not thrilled about it at all. I don't think Stevens did it on purpose, sometimes you go with matchups, and etc.. It was the least amount of time Lee's been on the court all season, and he's a bench guy, were not talking about a starter.


But as angry as he is about the matter, Lee said he will not make any trade demands.

"Nah. I been through worst (expletive) in life than basketball," he told CSNNE.com. "I don't give up on nothing that easy. It's never going to get to that point. No one man can make me want to walk away from a situation. Now if I get traded, I get traded. That's one thing. But I'll never ask for a trade."

Lee said he was given no explanation for why he didn't play in the second half of Saturday's loss.

"I can't ... I can't figure it out other than I missed a couple shots," said Lee who was 0-for-3 shooting in seven minutes, 40 seconds of court time. "That could be the only reason why he didn't play me."

Actually, the hot-shooting of Avery Bradley was very much a factor.

The 6-2 Bradley led all scorers with 26 points which Stevens acknowledged after the game, "cut into Courtney's opportunity in the second half."

Stevens added, "I'm sure it'll be back to more traditional ways (against Indiana on Sunday)."

Lee also said he discussed his playing time, and Lee sounded very upset about it. Lee needs to understand that he's only going to get 10-20 minutes a night, and who knows what happens when Rondo returns. Maybe Lee is a bit upset about the rumors from this week, and when you think about the fact that he played just 8 minutes. Courtney Lee has every right to be a little upset.

Lee said he has talked with Stevens about the situation, but didn't sound overly optimistic that things will be resolved to his satisfaction.

"We talked," Lee acknowledged. "Of course it's always going to be everything said that I want to hear. But I mean, you see that's not the case when I'm out there."

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Reply NeCsFan
6:04 AM on December 22, 2013 
I totally understand Lee being upset. He's a basketball player, he wants to play. However, I think the way he went about airing his grievance was totally uncalled for. I don't think Stevens has done anything to deserve one of his players calling him out in such a way. I agree that it was probably a lot of frustration with the loss and trade rumors etc etc. But that's still not an excuse.
Reply paul
8:09 AM on December 22, 2013 
Kinda sucks. I think this from Lee sheds more light on what happened last year. He seems to be someone who thinks that the team is obligated to not only give him minutes on the floor, but the ball as well, and if he doesn't get all that, he can't be expected to perform well. How, in his mind, has he managed to convince himself that he has established himself as a heavy rotation player? Commonsense should tell him that Bradley has the spot ahead of him and that if Bradley isshooting well, Bradley will more than likely stay on the floor.
Reply Morena
11:32 AM on December 22, 2013 
I don't like it a bit