During the 2010-11 season, David Lee missed significant time thanks to an infection resulting from a Wilson Chandler tooth to the elbow. Not only was it super gross, it really ruined his season, since he had to get injections in his elbow just to be able to play.
The reason I’m telling you this is because I want you to remember just how much disgusting stuff David Lee will go through to be on a basketball court. And the reason I want you to remember that is because something else repulsive happened last night against the Cavaliers. From the AP:
David Lee logged 38 more minutes than he thought he would Wednesday night after constantly vomiting and fighting a fever, dizziness and dehydration — ”just about anything you can think of,” he said — from all the fluids lost.
At one point in the second half, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson turned to Lee during a timeout and asked if his starting power forward felt well enough to continue.
”He said, ‘No,”’ Jackson said, laughing, because he kept Lee in the game anyway. ”It just shows the character of these guys.”
Lee played through flu-like symptoms to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, helping the Warriors outlast the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-96. After sitting out the morning practice, Lee had to take intravenous fluids overnight and before the game just to stay on the court.
”Then I looked, we were up like 13 with like 2 minutes to go, and I kept looking like, ‘Coach, come on, man,”’ Lee said, smiling. ”He just pretended like he didn’t see me.”
Crisis averted, I guess, because I don’t remember any pictures in the Getty Images database of the Oracle Arena covered in David Lee’s vomit. And David Lee played great too, throwing up that nice 22-14-6 line with three steals and a block, while also not diarrheaing all over everything. Maybe he should get sick for every game.
In related news, the other 19 players who played in last night’s game all returned home, started making 7-Up slushies and went to bed early, just in case. Now is NOT the time to come down with something.