Some players are naturals in dealing with the media; they know exactly how to answer questions without causing up a stir.
David Lee is one of those players. Watch him during postgame interviews. No sooner does the reporter finish the question than Lee spews out a minute worth of clichés that may include “we competed hard,” or “we didn’t do enough to win.
Lee, who missed last Friday’s game against the Jazz with hip and shoulder problems and has been receiving shots before games, had this to say:
If I step on the court, that’s saying I’m 100 percent. Obviously we know that’s not true, but I’m not going to use any of that an excuse for sure.
Ok, so he did step on the court – albeit for just 23 minutes, way below his season average, so we can therefore assume that he’s 100 percent. But no, because Lee refuted himself with a “obviously we know that’s not true.
(Quick aside: notice the clichés in there. “I’m 100 percent,” and “I’m not going to use that as an excuse.” It makes me wonder sometimes if players have a list of go-to phrases for interviews that they study and prepare before the media enters the locker room).
So is he 100 percent or not?
Probably not, considering that he played just half the game and was not himself on offense. In fact, he scored just eight points, snapping his streak of 127-consecutive games scoring in double-figures. He was 3-of-13 from the field, and was nowhere near a double-double with just three rebounds.
The Warriors still have four games until the All-Star break, so they will have to make a decision with Lee. He’s clearly dealing with an injury, and having him play through it may only make things worse in the long run. On the other hand, the Warriors need his offense if they want to finish strong before the break. Every game is crucial, and looking at the standings right now, a playoff spot is not guaranteed for the Warriors.