The Golden State Warriors became the 2015 NBA Champions with last-minute adjustments made by head coach Steve Kerr. Among those adjustments was the insertion of David Lee into the player rotation. David Lee had a starting role until he was sideline due to an injury. His replacement, Draymond Green, excelled in the position and never relinquished his role as a starter. For the remainder of his tenure with the Warriors, Lee was stuck at the end of a deep Golden State bench.
This all changed mid-way through the NBA Finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers took a two games to one lead. Changes needed to be made after it was clear that starting center Andrew Bogut was ineffective both offensively and defensively against the Cavs. Cue David Lee.
I’ve always liked David Lee and thought of him as one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He was a double-double machine with the New York Knicks who shipped him off to the Golden State Warriors in 2010.
This off-season Lee was traded to the Boston Celtics. You may wonder why the team that needed him in the NBA Finals would trade a key role player, but the reasoning is two-fold and very fair. The Warriors already have David Lee’s replacement in Draymond Green and look to continue going small to run with other players. David Lee gets to go to a Boston team that needs a player of his caliber. Lee will instantly be inserted into the starting lineup and his veteran experience will help mentor a young Celtics team.
David Lee isn’t just a good basketball player, he’s just a good guy overall. After spending five seasons with the Warriors, Lee thanked the team’s staff after his departure with a free catered lunch brought in by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Golden State Warriors social media coordinator Julie Phayer (@juliephayer) tweeted out the surprise for all to see.
And this isn’t the first time that Lee’s done something like this. In her first week on the job in 2012, Julie recalls Lee also ordering free catered lunch for Warriors staff. What was for lunch? Well, burritos from Chipotle Mexican Grill, of course.
Does David Lee have a Chipotle obsession? Can he been seen often burrito-in-hand? We may never know the answers to this, but this much is clear, David Lee likes burritos and likes to thank people for their hard work. Cheers to you, David Lee, and all the best in Boston.