Lee ready to play his under-the-radar game in Boston


Lee ready to play his under-the-radar game in Boston

There's been a lot of talk surrounding the revamped Boston Celtics heading into the 2012-13 season.

Jason Terry is going to lead the bench and provide the scoring punch.

Jeff Green is healthy and going to add versatility at the forward position.

Chris Wilcox is also back, and will provide the size Boston lacked at times down the stretch.

One new guy you don't hear about much -- even though he should have a major role on the team -- is Courtney Lee.

Lee was traded over the offseason in a deal that included former C's first round pick JaJuan Johnson, but the guard's game is rather unknown around these parts.

"I'm just a guy who's going to knock down open shots, attack the basket, try to get to the free throw line three to four times a game," Lee said on Tuesday in Turkey. "Then on the defense end try to make plays defensively, guard their best perimeter player, and just play team defense. The on transition, get out and run."

But does Lee mind that he seems to have been overlooked throughout most of his NBA career, including the start of his tenure with Boston? Nope.

"That's fine with me," he said. "I'll fly under the radar. All those guys can take all the attention. That's just going to open more opportunities for me, so that's fine with me."

Lee is right. If opponents are busy worrying about doubling Kevin Garnett down low, or collapsing on a driving Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo, Lee is going to benefit greatly. He doesn't have the long-ball respect Ray Allen has, but with enough open shots he could.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows Lee well on and off the court. He's not taking Lee's all-around "solid" game for granted.

"Just solid play. I think he's a really good basketball player," Rivers said. "I think when people hear 'solid play' they think average, but he's a way better than average player. But we want him to be that in how he plays. he just does a lot of things well, so just be him."