For Celtics' Lee, knowing role is half the battle


For Celtics' Lee, knowing role is half the battle

WALTHAM Know your role.

For all the Ubuntu chatter, for all that goes into dictating how well or woeful the Celtics play, this concept - knowing your role - is at the heart of what being a Boston Celtic is about.

For newcomer Courtney Lee, part of knowing his role is to embrace the reality that while the quality of his shots will improve in Boston, the quantity will likely decrease.

Lee is averaging 6.7 shots per game thus far, which would be a career-low for him.

The 6-foot-5 guard has no problem with his role, but admits it will take some time to get used to.

"It's a big adjustment from last year," said Lee, who spent the past two seasons in Houston. "Last year I was more of a go-get-it in transition, pick-and-roll offense, reading (coverages) and now it's making sure I'm in the right spots and ready to shoot."

One of the reasons Boston was so eager to add Lee was because of his ability to knock down corner 3-pointers - only former Celtic Ray Allen had a higher shooting percentage on corner 3s than Lee last season.

Because of Rajon Rondo's ability to break down defenses, Lee has had a number of better-than-average looks at the basket that simply haven't gone down for him.

"With this offense, I'm going to get a whole bunch of open looks," Lee said. "With timing and comfort, it'll start falling."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers is always looking for ways for his players to contribute.

But getting more shots for Lee doesn't exactly rank high on his list of priorities.

"If you want me concerned with guys getting shots, it's Paul (Pierce), Kevin (Garnett), (Rajon) Rondo, Jet (Jason Terry) ... the other guys, their shots will come through the offense. So it's not anything that I'm concerned by. Courtney will make shots."

Following Boston's 89-86 win at Washington on Saturday, Lee had four points but missed five of his seven shot attempts.

Not surprisingly, he wasn't happy with his play offensively after the game.

"We were talking after the game, the wide open shots he missed," Rivers recalled. "He's just not used to getting that many. He has to be a ready shooter."

Which is a role that Lee is gradually getting to know.

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.

He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.

"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.

Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.

WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.