7.9: David Lee on Chronicle Live
The newest Golden State Warrior tells Greg Papa why he wanted to come to the Bay Area.
Let's find out why David -- a lot of the become a warrior because that was the other side. Of the equation we go ought to David -- a -- out of saint Louis Missouri and welcome -- chronicle live presented by auto trader dot com David first of all. Thanks for your time Greg pop but studio and in San Francisco and and tell me about the weekly -- locked -- on LeBron and bosh. And obviously Dwyane Wade nationally that you had a heck of a week yourself tell me about everything that happened when July 1 hit Intel. It would be a trade came down with the Warriors. Why can say it turned out great now but it was a very stressful week there's a lot of nights they really had no idea where I was going so. It was a crazy week and like you said we're all the double bronze and two Edwards and all those guys involved and all the hoopla. I was trying to find a spot on gratify immigrants brought Golden State. Not even even as of recently as last night I have heard it as this trade was not defended that you're going to be a Warriors -- -- some kind of an idea where you may go to Minnesota you may go to Jersey. Wasn't a done deal the moment LeBron said I'm taken my talent to South Beach last night was it done that you were going to be a warrior to sign and trade. Yes we talked about that what the result was -- abroad and Amare Stoudemire were in New York it would have been impossible to ever take back three contracts with the Warriors that they did because the cap room. So it was it was apparent on the -- decisions so a lot of what was. From the different -- -- there were excited about the brought had to say I was particularly on pins and needles hoping that he said anything but New York so that this deal could go through Ellis. I was very very excited when when he said Miami and I I was able to become a warrior because I think that. There's a real possibility we can have a special group with the young core who have -- in -- state. Now you're obviously very popular player in New York you must be tough to leave the Tri-State area and tell me about your talks with and the New Jersey Nets and Avery Johnson they're new owner I've read that you were actually offered a a deal there that you turned downed was a close to staying in the tristate area and reset her signing with the nets. We there was there was a couple teams are caps verses it was a real it was real -- and came down on the wire but you know -- look to decide and trade I thought. You know with the with the main components staying in Golden State you know stuff curry Monta Ellis Andris Biedrins I thought there was a real opportunity. On the Western Conference with a few teams losing players to -- to have a significant court not only for this year removed -- in the future. And I think that you know that the Golden State's system a coach Nelson runs is something I'm used to and something I think I'm pretty effective then. So you know I thought I thought looking at it overall a -- it was a it was a great fit and and the other part of it was a loyalty thing from the start. Speaker mr. Riley mr. -- and they were they were about me from the start they were very excited to have a chance to to possibly do sign and trade. And a lot of cap teams. That the Chicago's a new Jersey's. Or were more about OK if we don't get LeBron that we're gonna go for you're if we don't get Chris Bosh you're next on our list. There's something to be said for being wanted and NB -- first on someone's list and the loyalty involve -- that's that was another thing that really. Excited me about Golden State I think it's going to be great -- I know they're always excited to get sure they didn't try to get your for the last couple years you are young player just 27 years of age you look at your career numbers you're you're getting better. And better and better obviously -- Increased playing tiger numbers will go up even a starter the last couple years of playing for stand Tony's up and down system your numbers are going to get better but. -- talk about -- the evolution tiger game -- Offensively and why you why you were able to become a twenty point a -- score which is hard to do in the NBA and still pull. Almost twelve rebounds a game talk about your evolution offensively. Well I mean in my mind is simple assault through hard work and I'm a guy that. It was a thirtieth pick in the draft last pick in the first round I was. I came I came to draft class that Channing Frye and Nate Robinson -- to be exact same here in the exact same team so I was third in line there about the last guy on the bench on the fifteen guys on the roster. And I really I found a calling card and rebounding that I could find a way to get on the floor and all the scores that we had. The Stephon Marbury is a Steve Francis is those guys are to find a way on the four by by grabbing rebounds and making hustle plays. And then -- about a second or third year I got a chance to they're under Isiah Thomas to expand my game a little bit. And the start does scored a few points around the basket but had no jump shot and then that knew that was the next step is that I had to develop a mid range game. And I was coached and Tony he allowed me to shoot the ball from the outside and and given the opportunity said if you can. Perfect that mid range shot that in the we're gonna give me the freedom to go out there and make decisions and make plays from from 1517 feet. And out with combination of that the pick and roll being effective in New York. You know I had the -- to expand my offensive game in and and to to play freelance offensively and and Alli just said whatever coach Nelson wants to do would be offensively in the rest of the guys as -- do and I. I've had its spirits and slow down systems and and sped up system so whatever he decides to do is is going to be fun and I I think there can be effective -- -- I know and -- is gonna do the right away is gonna run the heck out of the pick and roll in the simplest play in basketball but it's very effective right you're right that's I think we're right now we we know you can run the pick and roll and you can dive to the -- you're a threat there and you become a good pick and pop player. Where you can shoot that face up jumper you're talking about the Cuba perfect the last couple years but. A lot of players do become better perimeter shooters throughout their days in the NBA but. I've not seen too many guys develop a low post game -- -- you can work -- go to big man camp to get better but. That is something pretty much you have when you come into the league. I talk about that and I think that's the one element the Warriors have got to get better when it does slow down -- they've got to be able to throw inside to a big guy he's got a score in there or demanded double team than kick it back out. For three where is your low post game your back to the basket game and can you get better at that overtime. Why -- better every part of my game for sure but I. I played it when I was at University of Florida play back to the basket strictly -- wasn't wasn't only allowed out of the pain actually. And Roy and when I've played -- -- under Larry Brown my rookie year and and with Isiah for a couple years. I was strictly a guy that since I had no jump shot played back to the basket and and played a blue collar style down low. Really only in the past two years of fighting -- I'd been able to go out and make plays from the perimeter facing up. So I you know back to the basket as what -- been used to in the passover slowdown in a field prepared for that. -- you know a lot of it is very simply teams want players that played well against them and you've had some hellacious games against the Warriors even gone back to your rookie year when he 121 rebound game. But last year you came into oracle one of the greatest games the NBA's ever seen his first filling up the statue -- About 37 points in that game and twenty rebounds and also attended I mean there's a monster monster game so. Players are like that too when they go to certain buildings they get a good vibe about a building did you have that would ORACLE Arena it's not going to be your home gym a where you walk in there you do you see the basket well the sidelines are good and you can play effective basketball and that -- -- that's -- stuff curry said last night text and -- an exciting you run the pick of -- so I had to do is play like I did last year North Korean and everything will work out despite every game. But you know I I like that stadium and end the biggest thing about -- stay where do you talk to guys that are played better. Guys that are currently on the team of people that know the NBA. Is the loyal to the fans and Ted to average 181000 fans over the past five years says a lot about about the fans in Oakland. The surrounding area and I decide that's what we're the biggest parts of playing basketball ball as wanna have a good home court advantage and they have that in ORACLE Arena and -- have a great fan base and loyal fans and and that's can be very important and how do you feel comfortable in that stadium and has set I plan on playing even better and I sure hope we have some some big games like that. I imagine staff -- you guys are texting right after went down there and you wanted to keep some of the pieces in place like Biedrins obviously and Monta Ellis but it wasn't specifically. Staff curry is the guy when you're playing against him last year and just watching him throughout his rookie year. Did you say to yourself if you could've gone somewhere else Donnie -- dissension somewhere else and I want and Anthony Randolph but to make it all work was it specific play. Step Curry's game that you thought would it help your game and vice Versa and that's the big reason why you wanted to become a warrior. Well believe it or not -- him playing this up tempo style even more than any other style I think it takes multiple parts so not always you know stuff -- a huge fan of his game. Huge fan of not only what is now but is upside. And in I think the pick and mostly very effective but in a system where it's a temple where you're spreading the floor it takes more than just two players. And I think that if you look at it if you look at what coach Nelson plans to do and what he's done in the past because by the same strategy. When you have a pick and roll between myself for her Andris Biedrins and stuff curry. And then you have shooters like Monta Ellis moral guys like pat on the perimeter. You know teams have to start making decisions now. You know who they're who's gonna help off of we know who they're gonna leave open. Because of the pick and rolls run effectively as you know it's gonna put the defense at a disadvantage so it takes more than two players and I think -- we have. We have six or seven guys that they're right now ready to really contribute. And they're gonna help says to make this Warriors team a team has chance to make the playoffs now -- in the in the years to come. All right David -- thank you so much for your time David Lee joining us from Saint Louis and get to the mayor elect heavy and sturdy and spend more time -- David Lee welcome welcome to the Bay Area. Thank you for having a very excited.