Lee returns to Houston in Celtic green

Lee returns to Houston in Celtic green
December 14, 2012, 1:30 pm
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Friday will mark the first time Courtney Lee faces the Rockets for the first time since he was traded to Boston.

"It was good to see everybody behind the scenes," Lee said. "Like a lot of the workers I talked to on a daily basis. It was good to see all of them and it's going to be good to see Coach (Kevin) McHale again."

Lee and McHale struck up quite the good relationship in their one year together last season (Lee was with Houston for two years).

"We interacted with each other on and off the court," Lee said. "We were on the same page and you've got to definitely respect not only him as a player, but what he's done as a coach. And I think he has that mutual respect for me because I just went out and did what he asked me to do: just go there and play hard."

"I love Courtney," McHale responded. "Courtney's a great kid. I really enjoyed coaching him last year. He's a wonderful person. Really, I miss being around him. He's a great personality. He's a great kid. It was a joy to coach him and he really was a joy to be around."

Lee excelled last year with the Rockets, starting the final 23 games of the season. Out of those starts, he scored at least 15 points in 12 games.

The Celtics acquired Lee in a sign-and-trade deal where they gave up JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, and Sean Williams to the Rockets.