Courtney Lee Says Wizards Assistant Coach Distracted Him on Final Sequence

January 20th, 2017 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

After passing up a potential game-tying three-point attempt in Thursday's 113-110 loss to the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee said a Wizards assistant coach distracted him by stepping on to the court.

As seen in the following video courtesy of Turner Sports PR, Washington assistant Sidney Lowe stood in the playing area during the closing seconds, prompting Lee to pass the ball away:

Al Iannazzone of Newsday reported the league is looking into Lee's claims. 

According to's Ohm Youngmisuk, Lee believed Lowe was a player when he saw him out of the corner of his eye:

I thought it was one of their players because I was getting ready to shoot and in my peripheral you see a body right there and he is saying, 'I am right here! I am right here! I got your stunt!' Usually in basketball terminology, that is a switch or I am going to jump out, so I shot-faked and drove. I still should have shot the shot.

So I don't shoot it, I drop the ball thinking it is going to be a double close out and I try to make a play to Brandon [Jennings] and I think he ...

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