The Magic drafted Courtney Lee for his maturity, his talent, and his ability to contribute right away. But the biggest reason they added him?
His donut preference.
Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. A sidebar in the Sports Daily section of this morning's Orlando Sentinel lists five ways in which Lee will change the Magic. The first bullet notes that he'll "change the doughnut culture around practice." Uh, what?
It's the rookie's job to make sure there are doughnuts available for the veterans before practices. And last season, Marcin Gortat starting bringing that delicious Polish-style pastry, and some of those yucky cream-filled doughnuts, which often went uneaten. Courtney Lee is more of a traditionalist, preferring either the glazed or sugar-coated variety.
If the Magic are smart, they'll parlay this bit of information into a promotional tie-in with Dunkin' Donuts, which offered a free donut to any customer the day after a Magic victory during the 2007/2008 season. Maybe they can have a drawing for an autographed Lee jersey or trading card every month?
If nothing else, we now have a start on getting Lee a decent nickname. If the donut stuff doesn't work, at least we know he earned his bachelor's degree in sociology.