Courtney Lee not concerned about shooting slump


Courtney Lee not concerned about shooting slump

SAN ANTONIO For those NBA teams that have been feeling a bit of buyer's remorse from their offseason signings, today could not get here quick enough.

Beginning today, a number of players signed this summer are trade-eligible.

And while it's highly unlikely there will be any activity on the trade front in the next 24 hours, it's a given that teams will start to line up those players that they wouldn't mind shipping off to another team.

The Boston Celtics don't seem all that inclined to pull the trigger on any deals soon, but that won't stop the speculation surrounding Courtney Lee.

The 6-foot-5 wing acquired via sign-and-trade by the Celtics this summer from Houston, has had his struggles adjusting to his new team and more important, his new role.

His biggest challenge has been hitting 3s which was among the many reasons why the Celtics wanted to add him to the mix this season.

And while his 29.4 percent shooting from 3s this season isn't anywhere close to what he's used to, Lee isn't too concerned.


Because he's accustomed to getting off to slow starts shooting the ball, only to improve as the season progresses.

In his four NBA seasons, Lee's 3-point shooting has only dipped once after the first 20 games played.

"Shots are going to fall or not," Lee told "It just comes with repetition. I'm always in the gym getting shots up. The more I'm out there, the more I get that feel, the more the shots are going to fall. So I'm not worried about it."

The biggest adjustment for Lee has to do with getting fewer opportunities to score.

"Playing with all-stars like Rondo, Paul (Pierce) and KG, you know there aren't going to be a lot of shots available," Lee said. "But I'm OK with that. Just as long as we're winning, getting better. That's all I really care about."

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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