I was reading the prologue to Naruto: Road to Ninja and it's helped me re-establish the fact that Lee's such a dude and such a friend. He was the only one who noticed Naruto not being with everyone else and went to check up on him.
So what I wanna know your thoughts on is: would Naruto have gone so far to bring back Lee if he went along with Orochimaru instead of Sasuke? I could probably see it all playing out; Tsunade tells Lee she's unable to heal him and Lee's disappointed that all of his hard work turned to nothing due to not being capable of using ninjutsu/genjutsu and having to push his body so far in terms of taijutsu just to become a recognizable shinobi. Orochimaru then promises him that he could help heal Lee and help him use ninjutsu/genjutsu.