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Golden State of Mind, the Warriors community fan site, paid homage to former All-Star David Lee who announced his retirement on Sunday on his Instagram account.
“An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family!” Lee wrote. “Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!”
The Warriors blog rightly called Lee the consummate professional who helped steered the Warriors through the dark times up until Stephen Curry was ripe and healthy enough to carry the team on his shoulders, and for the right pieces to fall into place.
In fact, Lee didn’t even flinch when he was told that Draymond Green will take his place while he was rehabbing an injury. While the 34-year-old was still very efficient on offense, the chemistry that the 6-7 center/forward has built with his teammates—especially on defense–was unparalleled.
Lee was shipped to the Boston Celtics before the start of the 2015-2016 season after five years with the Warriors beginning 2010-2011.
Hounded by injuries, he only managed to average 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists during his final year with the Warriors in 2015. That’s a huge drop from his averages of 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists just the previous year with the Warriors.
Lee’s best statistical year was during the 2009-2010 season with the New York Knicks when he was a double-double machine as he scored 20.2 points, grabbed 11.7 rebounds and dished 3.6 assists. That year, he won the first of his two All-Star nod.
During the 2012-2013 season, he became a second-time All-Star and the first Warriors player to be selected to the prestigious exhibition game. This was before the emergence of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, of course.
Lee was finally a champion when he helped the team capture their first during the 2014-2015 season.