Matt Moore of CBSSports.com interviewed David Lee of the Golden State Warriors and asked him a bevy of questions, but the most entertaining answer came in the way of Lee suggesting LaMarcus Aldridge was an All-Star last year was because of the Portland Trailblazers record.
CBSSports: You want to make the playoffs. You want to win a championship. Outside of those things, what do you want for your career going forward?
Lee: The biggest thing is to be on a winning team. I’ve done a lot of things individually with numbers. I think we’re a playoff-caliber team. We’re not a championship-caliber team; we still have some pieces to put in yet. But I think realistically we could be a 5-through-8 seed in the playoffs this year if everything falls into place.
I think all the individual stuff will come. If you look at my numbers around All-Star [time] last year and all the stuff we were doing. LaMarcus Aldridge makes the All-Star team, and I don’t. I think if Portland and Golden State’s records are reversed, it’s probably the opposite way [I and I make the All-Star team]. And he’s a great player; I’m not talking bad about him at all. But I think all the All-Star appearances, all the respect you want to get, that comes with being on a winning team.
You know, unfortunately by the time I was in my third year in New York and I finally had some say in the team and got some major minutes, we went into the whole cap-saving thing to try and get LeBron. Then I got here, and this was a team that hadn’t made the playoffs in a long time. We’ve kind of moved away from where we were, and this is one of my first years to really make a difference and be on a winning team.
It sounds like someone is a bit salty about not being picked last year.