The GatorFather

June, 29, 2007
6/29/07
3:53
AM ET

David Lee, former SuperGator and current Knick, waltzed into the draft just as it was tipping off. He's lurking, with some friends, to the left of the stage.

It's the perfect spot. Every time a Gator is selected, he's there to waggle his eyebrows at them from a few yards away as they leave the first stage and then make their way to Stuart Scott's interview position.

Then, when they leave Stuart Scott, they loop around to where he is standing, and Lee gets to be the first to really hug Al Horford, Corey Brewer, and Joakim Noah. (Liz Robbins of the New York Times ran over to interview him as soon as Noah was picked, I'm betting there'll be more Gatorfather talk in the Times tomorrow.) Noah gave Lee a massive and well photographed hug, and then embarked to tell him a seriously long secret.

Lee looked wise. He nodded. He made reassuring gestures. He rested his hand on his young charge's shoudler.

Classic patriarch behavior.

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