Lee reaping sneaker benefits of sitting next to Rondo

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Lee reaping sneaker benefits of sitting next to Rondo

Sit next to Rajon Rondo in the Boston Celtics locker room and receive a complimentary pair of sneakers.

Not a bad deal.

This season Rondo's lockermate Courtney Lee has already been given two pairs of Nikes by the Celtics starting point guard. It is an act of generosity Rondo also imparted on neighbor Keyon Dooling last year.

"When I first got here, I didn't have any shoes because my Nike guy was slipping," Lee explained to CSNNE.com. "So the first couple of days I wore a pair of his and I said, 'These are kind of comfortable.' Then my shoes came in and I was like, 'I'll stick with these for right now.'"

Rondo and Lee were among the players whose neon-toned sneakers stood out on the Barclays Center parquet Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets. The pair wore the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 highs in a green, black and volt colorway combination. Jeff Green wore the same model in green and volt. (ht @KWAPT)

Lee has been on both the giving and receiving end of gifted sneakers during his career. He has his own sneakers now, but has continued to sport Rondo's during preseason play.

"These are the Air CRs," he joked. "The 'Courtney Rondo's.'"

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."