NBA PM: Pick and Pop with Knicks’ Courtney Lee


This season, Basketball Insiders is rolling out a new interview series called Pick and Pop. The goal is for readers to get know the players on their favorite team a bit more.

As opposed to typically serious ‘Xs and Os’ questions, these quick-hitting queries will be of a more personal, off-the-court nature.

Earlier this month, Basketball Insiders sat down with Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee. After bouncing around the league and playing on six different NBA teams over his first eight years in the league, Lee signed a four-year contract with the New York Knicks this past offseason. Lee, who has never played more than two consecutive seasons with any NBA team, is hoping to stick in NYC for twice as long.

Q: Who was your favorite NBA player growing up?

Lee: I would say there were three of them. You had Michael Jordan, you had Penny Hardaway, and then from Indianapolis, Reggie Miller.

Q: Well, you are a Knick now, you sure you want to go with that last one??

Lee: (laughing) I wasn’t born here, so it’ll be alright. I’m from Indianapolis.

Q: Who are your top three favorite musical artists of all time?

Lee: Michael Jackson, Tupac. But that third one, that’s a tough one. We’ll just go with the top two right there.

Q: When did you realize that you had a legit chance to play in the National Basketball Association?

Lee: After my sophomore year in college.

Q: What happened during that time that made you think your dream could one day become a reality?

Lee: Honestly, it was when I first started seeing my name start popping up on draft boards, and realizing that a lot of people were projecting me to be a first-round draft pick.

Q: What is your favorite social media site? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat?

Lee: I don’t use Twitter at all because I’m not really interested in everybody else’s opinion on random things. Instagram is cute because of the pictures, but, again, people comment with their opinion sometimes. People do too much on there, show too much. I think Snapchat is cool because you can control who you follow, what you see. And also, it goes away.

Q: What are your top three favorite movies of all time.

Lee: Hmm, that’s a tough one. Troy. Paid In Full. The Lion King.

Q: What is the most expensive thing you bought after signing your contract?

Lee: I bought my mother a house and I bought myself a house. Think that qualifies…

Q: What is the biggest shot you ever hit in your life?

Lee: I mean, there have been a couple game winners. I hit a couple in college. I hit one in the NBA against Sacramento.

Q: What person influenced you the most as you were growing up?

Lee: I would probably have to say my mother.

Q: Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Lee: Wherever you go, carry your philosophy. And that pretty much means I can’t go work hard when I’m playing basketball on the court, and not go work hard in the classroom.

Q: What do you plan on doing after you retire from the NBA?

Lee: Sleeping for a year.

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About Tommy Beer

Tommy Beer

Tommy Beer is a Senior NBA Analyst and the Fantasy Sports Editor of Basketball Insiders, having covered the NBA for the last nine seasons.