WALTHAM -- On a revamped Boston Celtics squad where several new additions could have breakout seasons, Rajon Rondo believes one of his backcourt counterparts will turn heads.
Courtney Lee, whom the Celtics acquired in a three-team trade this summer, was a lesser known acquisition in comparison to players like former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry and the re-signed Jeff Green, who missed last season due to heart surgery. After a solid rookie season on the Orlando Magic, Lee was traded to a dismal New Jersey Nets club and played the last two seasons for the Houston Rockets. He comes to Boston this season with his first real shot at a title since his first year in the league.
"A lot of people don't know that Courtney, I think, was second behind number 20 (Ray Allen) last year as far as three-point field goal percentage (from the corner)," he said.
Last season Lee shot 48.5 percent (50-of-103 3PGA) from the corner, as well as 40.1 percent from beyond the arc overall and 43.3 percent from the field. He can also attack the basket, shooting 58 percent in the restricted area (76-for-132 FGA).
"I look forward to him stretching the floor," said Rondo. "He's going surprise a lot of people with his athleticism. But like I said, he's a great defensive player as well."
Since Brad Stevens arrived in Boston, sharing the ball has been a strength of the Celtics. But this is a different season and a different roster.
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As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared.
The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.
A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in.
All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.
And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.