Slumping Lee Cold to Donovan Theory; the Florida Forward Points to Double-Teams; the Coach Says the Player Is out of Position

By DiRocco, Michael | The Florida Times Union, February 11, 2004 | Go to article overview

Slumping Lee Cold to Donovan Theory; the Florida Forward Points to Double-Teams; the Coach Says the Player Is out of Position


DiRocco, Michael, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union

GAINESVILLE -- Florida forward David Lee expected ups and downs on the basketball court this season. That's why he wasn't basking in all the praise that was showered upon him during a remarkable run recently.

Lee had a seven-game stretch in December and early January in which he made 51-of-69 shots from the field. Nearly everything he put up went in, and the Gators went 6-3 in that span.

Lee didn't get overly effusive about his stellar play then, and he's not getting depressed about his recent slump.

Lee is just 3-for-14 shooting in the past three games, including 0 for 3 against Vanderbilt on Saturday -- his first 0-for performance since he went 0 for 2 against Kansas on Nov. 29, 2002.

Lee's explanation for the struggles is that he's not handling the double-teams well, that he's got to adjust to being the focus of the defense's attention for the first time in his career.

"Maybe instead of averaging 16 or 17 points, I'll be averaging six or seven assists," said Lee, who is averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. "That's just the adjustment that I have to make. It's the first time I've really faced it in my career, and I guess it's kind of a compliment."

Gators coach Billy Donovan, though, isn't looking at it that way. He said Lee's recent problems are caused by Lee being out of position and taking himself out of the offensive flow.

"People are looking at the fact that he's being double [-teamed], he's being this, he's being that. I don't buy it," Donovan said as the No. …

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