Lee flew from his hometown of St. Louis to New York last week to attend the funeral of Scott Jaffer, who served as an NBA security official at Madison Square Garden for many years, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
According to the Times, Lee knew that much of the Knicks' basketball staff would be unable to attend because they were in Las Vegas participating in the NBA Summer League.
Lee wanted to make sure the Knicks were represented at the funeral -- this despite the fact that Lee was shipped to the Golden State Warriors in a sign-and-trade agreement a couple of days before.
"I thought it was wonderful that he came," Marni Jaffer, Scott's wife, told the Times. "And it also struck me how he stayed in the back, paying his respects quietly, not wanting to have people say, 'Oh, it's David Lee,' and intrude on my husband's moment."
The revelation about Lee comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding the New York Yankees, after no player attended the funeral of longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard on July 15.