The Boston Celtics lost 106-99 to the Washington Wizards on Saturday and Courtney Lee contributed almost nothing; he recorded no stats and missed three shots in eight minutes. However, Lee was brimming with so much Christmas spirit that when the 6'5" 200-pounder laughed, his belly shook like a bowl full of jelly.
Prior to the game, Lee climbed down the chimney at TD Garden and placed a gift-wrapped Xbox One in front of all his teammates' lockers. As observed by ESPN's Chris Forsberg in his pregame notes, Lee is a fanatical gamer and wished to inspire his fellow Celtics to practice more Xbox so they can compete at his level.
#Celtics guard Courtney Lee - self-professed NBA2K expert - says he will out his gamer ID on Instagram time to time and accept challenges.— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) December 21, 2013
Lee stated, per Forsberg, "Hopefully these guys will work on their skills so I can have some people to compete against in here." He's referring to his Xbox skills by the way, just so we're crystal clear. Now that's the Christmas spirit!
Courtney Lee showing his uh, versatility at the Boston Children's Hospital. pic.twitter.com/K1im3fpEg2— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) December 19, 2013
At the risk of sounding like a humbug, while it is very kind of Lee to be so generous to his teammates, perhaps he should heed his own advice and work on his own (real-life basketball) skills so his teammates have a better player to compete with (on an actual basketball court).
Through 25 games off the bench, Lee is averaging only 7.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. He's slated to earn over $5 million per season through 2016 (yeah, he can afford plenty more Xboxes), but no amount of NBA Live 14 will improve this elite gamer's play in reality (per ShamSports.com).