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“The vibe here is totally different,” said Lee, who will start at least until Avery Bradley returns in December. “It’s one of the best 1-through-15 teams I’ve been on where everybody is being cool with each other and on the same page. The coaching staff is committed to winning a championship.
“That’s not a knock on any other team,” he said. “I’m sure the goal was the same everywhere else. But here you can feel it and see it, instead of just hearing about it. There’s the constant reminders, the constant videos in the locker room playing last year’s playoffs. The conversations you have with everyone from management all the way down to the ball boys and the equipment guys. Everyone is committed to winning a championship.
“Everybody does a good job of coming together. We have a lot of guys on this team with similar personalities and interests, all with one common goal: a championship. That makes it easy to give in and forget about being an individual and becoming a team.”
I’d like to take a moment to dedicate this Morning Dump to the idiot free agents who continue to dismiss Boston as a destination out of hand. Because a big market with the championship history and a current culture of winning and great chemistry is obviously just so horrible.
Courtney Lee is just the latest guy to come here and sing Boston’s praises. In fact, when you consider (a) how many people talk so glowingly of Doc Rivers (b) how many people rave about the culture once they get to Boston and (c) all the exposure the Celtics get on the big stage, it just blows my mind that players don’t want to come here.
But I suppose I should be thanking them for that. I love this team right now. I love the way it’s put together and I love its possibilities. And I just don’t think that would have worked out the same way if Danny Ainge had pulled off a sign-and-trade for OJ Mayo.
So thanks, OJ, and others. I’ll take Courtney Lee and the rest of this group because these guys understand and appreciate the moment.
Before we hit the links, check out Rajon Rondo in the latest issue of Boston Common.
Related: ESPN Boston: Lee shows potential in Milan
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Europe helps Celtics realize who they are | Herald: Energetic guard works to find his place with the C’s | Globe: Jeff Green contributing off the bench | ESPN Boston: Video: Highlights from Europe trip