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Doc Rivers Talks Big Baby, New Contract, & Paul Pierce Off Bench Possibility

 

Doc Rivers was interviewed on Dennis and Callahan this morning over on WEEI and hit on a number of topics from his loyalty to the C’s, to what affected Glen Davis’ slump during the last two months of the season. Here’s a sample of a few responses:

On Glen Davis:

“I thought it was more in between his ears than his play. I thought the whole contract thing affected his play. I thought he had the wrong focus at times because of that. I think when you stray away from just being a team player and being the role that you’re given, I think you struggle. I think all players do. And I thought Baby did that.

“I thought scoring was way too important to him, instead of being who he is. Baby’s never going to be a great scorer in our league, but he can score. What Baby has to be is an energy player, a guy who takes charges.”

That said, Rivers insisted he’d still like to see Davis return to Boston.

“Yeah, if we get him for the right price,” he said. “I think it would be nice, but we can’t overpay. That will be up to Danny and Wyc [Grousbeck] and them. That’s one of the things I stay out of, at least I try to.

“We’ve got to get him back in the right frame of mind. And that’s the way he was the last 20 games. Baby’s a good basketball player. He can help us or any other team. But, to me, only if he plays the right way.”

On Future Rebuilding:

“I don’t think anyone’s looking forward to that, but I’m willing to do that,” he said. “I had a group that has been very loyal to me. I think it would have been very easy for me to just run and go somewhere else and chase something else.”

Added Rivers: “It would have been easier to do it the other way; I just don’t think it’s the right thing to do. Coaches talk about loyalty and team all the time. I just thought it was time to show it. And that’s what I did.”

On rumors he was going to take a year off:

“Last year, they were probably more right,” he said. “Last year I was absolutely leaning that way. This year I really never was. After last year’s summer and going through the decision that we went through, I was pretty sure I was coming back and I was pretty sure I wanted to come back here.

You can check out the full transcript at WEEI

  • talesofJP

    Doc is right, Baby needs to be an energy guy. Personally, I hope he goes elsewhere, I don't think he can help this team anymore, but there are teams out there where he can start and have a decent effect on games. Let him go, unless we get him for really cheap.

  • TomB

    Hats off to Doc to putting his money where his mouth is with regard to team and loyalty. Too much in sports today is about the money. Nothing wrong at all with making what you're worth, but saying you're "loyal" and taking the actions to back that up are worth more to your integrity and character than a paycheck. The fact that Doc recognizes that demonstrates an attitude that exemplifies not only the spirit of the Celtics, but a trend that seems to be emerging in the Boston sports scene in general and sets a great example that I hope we'll see more people follow; not just in Boston, but in the sports world in general.

  • dslack

    Doc's exactly right on Glen. It's kind of weird, therefore, that Glen's coach kept giving him all the backup big minutes. Oh wait, Doc's Glen's coach. Huh?

  • Sweeney

    Doc is a refreshing leader in sports. His straight approach is what will help sell Boston as a destination because players know his reputation. That is why LBJ sang his praises after game 5. It is a major win for the organization.

    He doesn't play games in the media with his players. Whatever he has said to the media you can be certain he has already had that conversation with the player. BBD was a great pic in the draft where they got him, but he thinks he is something he is not. So sorry, see ya later, gotta go….Bye Bye BBD.

    Unless, of course you care to play like you did in the beginning of the year and endure yourself to a fan base that loves those niche players….just sayin'.

  • benji banks

    we need a big and im all for packaging big baby for a big its possible he can stay if the pick that we have from okc gives us a big i think the trade was good for the long run but in the middle of the season and heading into the playoffs bad timing but what we got i think will prove good but its clear a big was our problem.

  • Zee

    The part where it says…

    "You can check out the full transcript at WEEI"

  • James Patrick

    You know what sucks… The fact that Doc is saying what we all knew and none of us are a GM…. trading Perk at the break was VERY BAD! lol We should've rode it out. If Perk was really going anywhere, we could've done a sign and trade for him.

    I know a loss is a loss, but I'd feel better about a trade in the off season, knowing we tried with "Our starting 5" and lost. Then it would be like, okay, we gotta change it up. But now, I'm sure I won't be the only person who will always wonder, what if…

  • The good German

    If you talk about the Perkins Trade, you also have to talk about the alternative. Who would've taken Greens minutes? Pierce needed a backup, and there wasn't a lot available. Corey Brewer would go to the Mavs. Battier to the Grizzlies. So i don't think the alterative of trading Perk looks better.

  • http://www.livefromapt.blogpot.com W2.

    This is a great link to consider what might have been…
    http://waynewinston.com/wordpress/?p=1180

    Dude looks at DWest and the Celts on court +/- with him on the floor. I too wondered about Arroyo when Rondo went down…but DWest defense on Wade was amazing so I would want to look at the numbers game by game.

    I got the link from Lowe's Point Forward.

    • Sweeney

      There is something to this. I kept on thinking that I would rather have Delonte playing the 2 and let Arroyo run the show. D is too tentative as a PG and his attitude is quite mercurial. You never know who you are getting. I like him off the bench, but at the two…period.

  • http://www.livefromapt.blogspot.com W2.

    Sweeney.

    I just could not figure out how Doc could keep Rondo on the floor at such a critical time when he was so obviously hurt and a non factor on offense. This to me was far more frustrating than watching Baby miss makeable shots or seeing the crunch time metldown.

  • http://twitter.com/0669Celtic @0669Celtic

    What was Up with Baby?? last year he was great off the bench the starters could get good rest and the bench could at least hold their own. This year every time the starters rested the bench dug them a big hole to climb out of… I think the big 3 and Rondo have at least one more championship run in them, but can not be expected to play the whole dang game… they need reliable bench help through out the year, but especially in the play offs,,,, this year baby was no help. something wrong mentally?? phsically?? SOMETHING

  • Gaucho

    Big Baby was almost sixth man of the year. He plays great defense, is almost unstoppable in the hole even when double teamed and has perfected the mid range jump shot.. He's young ,versatile,, subs for KG, & center position, has covered Dwight Howard 1:1, has incredible footwork and carried us last year in finals game against the lakers. Celtics would be foolish to let this unique talent go. He's just getting to his prime, puts up with a lot, yet still brings heart, soul and laughter to this club. Here's his stats for the year http://www.nba-scores.com/players/2010-2011/glen-… and from the previous year http://www.nba-scores.com/players/2009-2010/glen-

    Don't throw out the Baby with bathwater. We need more experienced youth, not less.

  • Hondo Havelchek

    Did we sign the right coach? Tom T or Doc R?

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