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Courtney Lee honors lost friend with number 11

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 25, 2012 Celtics News 7 Comments

The Celtics announced today that newly acquired guard Courtney Lee will be wearing the number 11 this upcoming season.  Shortly after that, Lee tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/CourtneyLee2211/status/228214992560873474
Danny Rumph was a teammate of Lee’s who died after collapsing on the basketball court.  Here’s more:
Daniel E. Rumph II, a rising, basketball star who attended Western Kentucky University with extreme hope for a bright and promising future, was that kid you just imagined.  Sadly, he didn’t survive.  If the recreation center had been equipped with an AED, Danny, as we affectionately called him,  may have still been with us today.  Danny came home for a short visit on May 5, 2005, before his team went on a trip to Europe. Danny was in great shape, so on the evening of May 8, 2005, he went to the local recreation center to play a game of basketball with his friends. Danny went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest right after scoring the game-winning basket.  His friends didn’t know how to administer CPR, and there was no AED in the center.  Danny died, at the young age of 21, on May 8, 2005, from Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart that shuts down when it’s under stress.
Lee honors Rumph’s memory with a tattoo on his right arm.  Now he’ll also honor him by wearing his number 11 with Boston.

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  • TeamCeltics

    Same number he wore in Orlando. Hopefully with the system we have he can reach his full potential. Welcome Lee!

  • Lee in Oregon

    One of the best defenders in the league at his position…..still can’t believe DA was able to get him for basically the end of last year’s bench & a couple 2nd rounders.

  • Chief

    Am really happy with this signing, can’t wait for the season to start,welcome to the celtics Courtney.

  • Desire11 in Al

    Welcome to the Home of the Celtics, Courtney Lee!…Let’s go C~E~L~T~I~C~S!!!!!

  • Dennis in Vermont

    Loving this guy already! Welcome to the Celtics family Courtney! Looking forward to seeing you play and rooting for you!!! Give it your all and you’ll see why the Celtics and it’s fans are the best in the NBA!

  • KY Celts fan

    The Cs need to do some kinda heart health awareness tour. So many players and people with connections to heart problems.

  • Jim

    Good idea,Celtics name would get people’s attention ,especially young people who seem to be at risk of this syndrome.