Glen “Big Baby” Davis closed his 9-season NBA career as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. But he has a little bad blood with the team.
Davis has missed the last two seasons after undergoing ankle surgery two years ago. He believes the Clippers mishandled him, leading to the injury. Recently he was a guest on “Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio and CBS Sports Network” and talked about why the Clippers have struggled to break through despite their talent.
“There is no voice on the Clippers. There’s no voice on the Clippers,” Davis told hosts Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney. “Nobody did that. Nobody did that. There’s those intangible things that we need to win, that you need to win, that you can’t get done because of the selfishness and just the lack of understanding of giving yourself for the next guy next to you. There’s none of that there.”
Davis also talked about why Doc Rivers succeeded when he was the head coach in Boston.
“It’s the players that he had in Boston. He had KG (Kevin Garnett), who was policing the team. Everybody was falling within the team guidelines. Everybody held everybody accountable on that team. KG was a true example of sacrifice. He didn’t care about points when he came (from) Minnesota. He didn’t care about getting (shots). He just cared about making sure that people do the right thing every single day – and it was contagious.”
Davis has been in headlines lately after getting into it with Austin Rivers, his former teammate, who is also Doc’s son.
It’s safe to say Glen “Big Baby” Davis and the Rivers family are not going to be sitting down to a nice dinner together anytime soon.
Davis spent most of his eight-year NBA career playing under Doc Rivers, but they ended up parting ways on bad terms when the big fella left the Los Angeles Clippers. Rivers’ son Austin, who was teammates with Davis in L.A., said things between Davis and his father went south because Big Baby was “constantly out of shape,” late for work and didn’t remember plays.
Here’s what Davis thinks about that:
Glen "Big Baby" Davis responds to Austin Rivers's claim that he didn't remember plays and was constantly out of shape in IG rant pic.twitter.com/EEtuzAQB3x
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 1, 2017
Davis recently said that the father-son dynamic between Doc and Austin created resentment in the Clippers locker room. He also had some interesting reasons for why his relationship with Doc soured. Now all we need to do is get Doc’s side of the story to really heat things up.
Austin Rivers is letting his former LA Clippers teammate have it.
In an appearance on FOX Sports 1’s “Undisputed” on Wednesday, Rivers was asked about ex-teammate Glen “Big Baby” Davis’ feud with his father, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, and Davis’ recent comments that the Rivers father-son dynamic had caused resentment in the Clippers locker room.
“That’s a bunch of BS,” said the younger Rivers. “That’s just Baby talking … I’ve heard Baby say to me multiple times, ‘Oh man, you know why Doc is so good, Doc is so great.’ And then now he’s saying bad things about him. It’s a huge contradiction. And I don’t have a problem with Baby, me and Baby have always been cool, but it makes no sense to what he’s doing.
“Whatever he has between him and my pops, and you know Pops said the jokes about his weight and stuff like that,” continued the Clippers guard. “But let me ask you something. If someone is constantly out of shape, late, don’t remember plays, how the hell are you supposed to play? I don’t know where that even goes with the team. And that has nothing to do with him coming at my father. I really don’t care, that’s between him and my pops.
“But as far as him talking about me being my coach’s [son], that’s never had a play on the team,” Rivers said. “I’ve earned every stripe I’ve gotten, earned every playing time. That’s just him talking out the side of his neck. I don’t even understand where that comes from, so I’m not even paying that no mind.”
Rivers and Davis were teammates on the Clippers during the 2014-15 season, but Davis played under the elder Rivers in Boston for four seasons prior to that. Davis recently explained his side of the feud with Doc, but he may have started a new one with Austin in the process.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis spent much of his eight-year NBA career playing under Doc Rivers, but the relationship between the two soured toward the end of their time together. While there are many theories as to why, Davis says the falling out ultimately came down to one thing.
Doc didn’t care that he was playing hurt.
Davis signed with the Clippers in February 2014 after he was bought out by the Magic. After averaging 12.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in two-plus seasons with Orlando, he never became a big contributor in L.A. But Davis told Colin Cowherd on Wednesday that he had a very legitimate excuse for averaging just 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds during the 2015 playoffs.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis sets the record straight on his strained relationship with Doc Rivers pic.twitter.com/fE7s5OHkyb
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 10, 2017
“I broke my ankle Game 6 against the Spurs. I played Game 7,” Davis explained. “When we played Houston the next series, I’m telling Doc my ankle’s hurt. He’s telling me, ‘Suck it up, you’re not playing the way you need to play.’ In my exit meeting he told me I didn’t play the way I needed to play this year and lost focus against Houston.
“I go the whole summer not even knowing my ankle’s broke, but I’m like something’s wrong. We won a championship together (with the Celtics), I broke my ankle, and you just don’t say anything. You just say, ‘Oh, Glen, well sorry…’ Nothing. No phone call, no nothing. That really turned me the wrong way.”
It’s unclear why Davis never got an X-ray or an MRI if he was in significant pain. What we do know is that there was an incident between him and Rivers during the previous season, so there’s probably more to the story than Rivers being disappointed with the way Davis played down the stretch in 2015. It seems like the issues were brewing long before that.
Glen Davis is the latest member of the 2007-08 Celtics to speak out against Ray Allen’s exclusion from reunion festivities.
In an appearance on FOX Sports 1’s “Undisputed” on Friday, Davis said that he believes Allen should be included in the planned 10-year anniversary celebration for the team’s 2008 championship.
“Yes, Ray should be invited to the reunion,” said the now 31-year-old Davis, per James Herbert of CBS Sports. “He was a big part of that team. You think about situations — Ray got us out of a lot of situations. Yeah, you should invite the man. I would love to see Ray. I haven’t seen him in a long time.
“We were an extremely close-knit basketball team,” he went on. “I just think when [Rajon] Rondo started to appear and started to [say], ‘Hey, here I am,’ it wasn’t a mutual, ‘Hey, this is our new shining star’ with Ray. It was more, ‘Hey this is K.G. [Kevin Garnett], Paul [Pierce], Ray Allen’s team.’ And I just feel like it could’ve been stopped. Whatever that [was], it could’ve been stopped.”
Davis was a key reserve on the Celtics 2008 title team as one of their first bigs off the bench. His comments come the day after Celtics GM Danny Ainge, the architect of that team, said that he was “surprised” at Allen being snubbed.
With Davis’ remarks, it’s worth remembering that just because the leaders of that team (e.g. Rondo, Garnett) feel a certain way, that doesn’t necessarily mean everybody else on the team shares the same sentiment as well.
Image via Glen Davis on Instagram
During Sunday’s game between the Warriors and Clippers, Glen Davis turned minimal contact with Leandro Barbosa into theatrics worthy of winning an award. Not surprisingly, Davis received a warning for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule.
On Tuesday, Barbosa reminded us how egregious Davis’ flop was by tweeting the link to the above Vine video.
FLOP TIME!! https://t.co/kbh4YOss3r
— Leandro Barbosa (@TheBlurBarbosa) March 10, 2015
If there was ever a flop that wasn’t going to make it past the eagle eyes of the NBA, it was definitely this one. Even the announcers commented on how bad it looked. That said, Davis has a way to go to top this effort by Sir’Dominic Pointer. That’s one for the ages.
Jermaine O’Neal was diagnosed with a sprain knee after the Golden State Warriors’ Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, but he insists he is going to play in Game 7. O’Neal injured his knee after a collision with Glen Davis early in the second quarter and was helped to the locker room. After watching the replay, O’Neal felt that it was a “dirty play.”
“I looked at it as just a dirty play,” he told reporters, via CSNBayArea.com’s Monte Poole. “I’m not going to go try to dive into somebody’s legs. It wasn’t a scramble for the ball. I respect people’s ability to come out and perform and take care of their family, based on their bodies. Either he has terrible balance as a pro athlete, or that was a dirty play.”
It’s hard to tell if Davis lost his balance and stumbled into O’Neal, but it didn’t look like he made much of an effort to stop himself. My guess is he won’t be disciplined because it’s almost impossible to determine intent on a play like that. That doesn’t mean O’Neal isn’t convinced.
“His head was down,” O’Neal added. “Even if you’re diving for something, you’ve got to see what you’re diving for. But, you know, God don’t like ugly.”
As if Game 7 wasn’t already going to be spirited enough between two teams with a ton of hatred toward one another, we now add an angry Jermaine O’Neal into the fold.