The Boston Celtics have been active this offseason, making numerous trades and free agent signings. On Monday, the organization held an introductory press conference for newcomers David Lee, Amir Johnson, Perry Jones, and re-signees Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko.Now, it’s time for all of you Boston Celtics diehards to get to know them a bit, so we’ve dug into their past and have pulled out interesting tidbits of information on each of them. Listed below are five fun facts on five of our newest acquisitions.
David Lee
Lee is a two-time NBA All-Star selection who spent his last 10 seasons split between New York and Golden State. He won a championship last season with the Warriors, who traded him to the C’s on Monday.
Lee has made television appearances on Celebrity Apprentice, Family Feud, Lipstick Jungle, The Electric Company, and had a cameo in the 2009 film When in Rome.
He is a natural lefty, but became ambidextrous after he broke his left arm during his sophomore year of high school, which forced him to play the majority of the season right-handed.
During his senior season at the University of Florida, Lee played with a stacked squad of freshmen, which included future NBA household names Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.
He saved Oakland’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner in 2012. The city’s annual event, which supports those in need, had not received enough funding, so Lee stepped in with a $25,000 donation to save the day.
He has averaged a double-double (15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game) during 12 contests at TD Garden.
Amir Johnson
The recently signed 6-foot-9 forward hopes to become a fan-favorite here in Boston, with the same gritty, body-banging style of play he displayed for the last six seasons in Toronto.
This is his second stint as a “Celtic,” after playing for the California Celtics in 1997 as a 5-4, 9-year-old.
Johnson was the last high school senior to be selected in the NBA Draft. He was just 18 years and 58 days old when Detroit took him with the 56th overall pick in 2005.
Johnson tipped off his NBA career in style, with this emphatic, windmill dunk as his first career basket.
He is a cousin of NFL linebacker Kevin Burnett (630 career tackles, 20 sacks), who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys two months before Johnson was drafted into the NBA.
Percentage-wise, Johnson is one …Read More