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.
“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.
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.
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.
After beginning the season with the Orlando Magic and appearing in 45 games, Glen Davis agreed to a contract buyout in February.
In a move that didn’t come as a surprise to many, Davis signed with the Los Angeles Clippers a few days later. The veteran played under head coach Doc Rivers as a member of the Boston Celtics from 2007-2011.
On Saturday against the Houston Rockets, Davis was removed from the game and apparently didn’t take it well. After an exchange of words with Rivers, the coach had Davis escorted to the locker room by team security, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Glen Davis just got pulled out of game and said someting to Doc, who yelled at Baby, "Sit your xx down."