Post-game Reactions

As we continue to inch towards what will (hopefully) be the free agency signing period beginning July 1st, Big Baby remains the Celtic with perhaps the most intriguing situation surrounding his future in Green as an unrestricted free agent. On one hand, the team is extremely short on bigs, yet there is/was clearly some kind of a tension between Baby and the organization concerning his play, role for the future, maturity, or however you want to describe it. ESPNBoston’s Chris Forsberg caught up with Davis today at a charity event in Medford, as he reflected on a number of topics:

* On what’s most important to him this offseason: “I feel I know what’s most important to me and that’s Glen being Glen. I can’t perform the way I need to perform if I’m not Glen Davis. I need to be in situation where I’m going to be Glen Davis. If it’s here with the Celtics or with somebody else. I just want to make sure I’m Glen Davis, whatever I do, wherever I’m at. That’s all I’m really concentrating on, being Glen Davis, and being a complete player.”

* On whether Glen Davis can be Glen Davis in Boston: [Long pause] I can be Glen Davis wherever. It depends on the system, the people around the system, who is going to let Glen Davis be Glen Davis, not let Glen Davis be something they think he should be.”

* On talking with coach Doc Rivers or Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge since season’s end: “I don’t try to pay attention. I know Doc talks a lot. I don’t pay attention to that. That’s what he does. That’s Doc, he loves to talk. Danny, he’s doing what he’s doing, concentrating on the NBA Draft. He’s not concentrating [on free agency], he doesn’t need to concentrate on me right now. I don’t really stay in touch with those guys. I’ve seen Danny once, everything’s been great.”

More from Paul Flannery at WEEI.com:

* On his postseason: “I pride myself on playing good basketball, especially when you need it. Every postseason I’ve played tremendously good to the point where it was like wow and this [spring] it didn’t happen,” Davis said. “Because I felt mentally I wasn’t ready and prepared enough for what was in front of me. It affected the way I played and that’s what I’ve been doing this offseason, concentrating on that and making sure postseason’s like this don’t happen to me.”

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  • CsFanInArkansas

    Dude, with interviews like that, why in the hell would you want to go hard after signing that guy?!
    Let the headcase walk if he won't sign for cheap.
    He's obviously regarding himself as a better player than he is – he can't seem to accept that he is never going to be in the "Big 3" (now that every team has one) discusssion on a championship caliber team.
    He's in LOVE with the spotlight and talking about Glen Davis.

    That's not Celtic.
    That's not cool.

  • Hank Single

    I'm just annoyed that he's hurting his sign and trade value.

  • James Patrick

    I finally realized what the problem was with Glen Davis and why he didn't show up. Poor guy is schizophrenic and they're all named Glen Davis and worse! THEY ALL THOUGHT THEY COULD HIT A 3!

  • James Patrick

    Oh and PS… I think Glen Davis needs to be Glen Davis somewhere else.

  • dasein

    kinda sad really. He gave the Cs good minutes in the past, including big shots in the post season. Shame he can't seem to accept his role and "keep his head in the game".
    For sure, he doesn't sound like he thinks he'll be back.

    • James Patrick

      That's the problem. If he excepted his role, he'd be great! And then maybe 3 years down the road, he'd have the maturity to contribute more, but he's blowing it. We'll lose him, he'll go somewhere like Toronto or Jersey, get more minutes, try and do too much and fizzle his career out. Mark my words…

      • James Patrick

        accepted. lol

  • I_Love_Green

    Listening to all of Glen's interviews since the season ended, he doesn't seem like he wants to come back. Doc doesn't even seem like he wants Glen to come back. I personally don't want the guy back at ALL. He's just not somebody I want on my Celtics anymore.

    So since Glen is probably gone, we gotta find a way to replace him on the bench. For the draft, I think we have to draft Reggie Jackson if he's there. I'm sold on this guy. I think we draft him and then try and trade Avery for a young big who can make an impact. With Reggie on the roster, we won't need Avery, and he can be traded for a someone who can make an impact THIS season. Unlike a big we would possibly draft.

  • I_Love_Green

    Also, the signing period is July 1st BRobb.

  • Mark

    I'm fine with Glen Davis being Glen Davis. Problem is the Glen Davis that Glen Davis thinks Glen Davis is, isn't that great of a player. Glen Davis thinks Glen Davis is KG-lite by way of dubbing himself the Ticket Stub. Sorry but Glen Davis needs to understand that Glen Davis is a decent defender, okay rebounder and a very good shooter from 14 feet in. He's NOT a 20ft jump shooter like KG. Glen Davis is at his best when he plays in the paint.

    I fear Glen Davis isn't comfortable with the idea Glen Davis a role player on contending team. Glen Davis wants to be a starter but that won't happen on a contender.

    • Jason

      You're even being kind to him. He is not an okay rebounder; he was always a bad defensive rebounder but a good offensive rebounder. Last year because he spent so much time shooting jumpers, his offensive rebounds fell off drastically, making him one of the worst overall rebounders among bigs in the league. And no way is he a very good shooter. He'll make some jumpers but he's not KG or Bosh or Stoudemire. He's too erratic and can't get to the line or score proficiently inside. He was one of the least efficient players in basketball last season, with a unconscionably high usage rate. The sooner he leaves, the better

  • Guest

    Who does baby think he is, Allen Iverson?

  • Batman

    If we lost the Fat Mamba who is going to backup KG?

    • I_Love_Green

      We trade Avery for one after we draft Reggie Jackson.

      • Batman

        Any potential ideas for a big we can get for Bradley?

  • Jason

    He wants to go to a team that will give him more freedom? What nonsense. He got to shoot a ton without having to rebound at all. A coach who doesn't have to put up with his atrocious rebounding because of a lack of options is going to play him far less or not at all. Damn no rebounding fool doesn't understand how good he had it.

  • -JP

    I am ok with letting him leave, he can't be the 6th man, he's not that talented and doesn't work hard enough or stay focused enough for that. He can go somewhere that was mentioned or New York, Golden State, or Phoenix and not play defense and shoot as many bad 3's as he wants. Thanks for the good years, but its time to leave Glen Davis behind.

  • Glen Davis

    As much fun as we're all having with Glen Davis being Glen Davis, this shows just exactly how ridiculous Glen Davis is, so much I think even the Cs maybe thinking Glen Davis is a little bigger than Glen Davis used to be, maybe much bigger than Glen Davis even thinks he is. Huh? Yeah, exactly. lol

    I hope he's good trade bait in a few days!

  • Morpheus

    Words can't express how much i want "Glen Davis" gone.

  • Dawson

    What is he thinking? Time to punt. Sign and Trade.

  • jay

    Kg needs to make him cry again or play him 1 on 1 and zip him.. then sign his contract for him. Lol serious glen u gotta be more professional Then that.. he’s talking too much about glen and needs to focus on winning and not turning his backs on his teamates.

  • kricky

    Thanks for the memories Glen. But its time to ship your pancake and spaghetti eating ass the F**K out of Boston!

  • skeeds

    Ok the guy is borderline delusional. He has one valid point. He feels that the way Doc plays him, is not ideal for him. And he is right.
    Baby somehow ended up from a slightly undersized PF to a C, one that was supposed to close games with the starters too. And it hurt his game mightily. With his strength and speed, he can manhandle any PF in the post, we've all seen him post up weaker guys than him, he's good. But he has no chance against elite centers, the ones Doc asks him to check. As hard as he tries, a strong 7footer like Noah or Lopez can jump pretty much 2 feet higher than him, and block him without even getting off the ground. He has no chance than to wander outside the paint and shoot hopeless jumpers…
    That the Celtics decided to (or had no chance but to) "go small" with him at the 5, is not his fault. And he's right to want to be "Glen", as stupidly as he might put it.

    • CsFanInArkansas

      I get your point, skeeds, but at what point do guys need to act like professionals?
      Hell, BBD has shown that he CAN use his motor, his width, his quickness (for his size) to overcome his height/length issues. A big problem with BBD last year seemed to be that he accepted in his head that he was outmatched and played like it.

      When you're 6'8'' or 6'9'' and HUGE in the NBA, you should be able to play guys that are a few inches taller than you. That's what pros do – accept the challenge and make an adjustment. Maybe you don't have an ideal match-up…but, my god, it's the NBA…

      In reality, BBD doesn't have a good match-up against PFs or Centers that are long, strong and explosive. But it's the NBA – not bowling – and BBD needs to get a grip on the fact that he's not built with the tools needed to be a great player in this league…he can be an energetic, hardworking bench player…but the dude's not gonna be a great.

      …and I'm hoping the dude's not gonna be a Celtic come autumn…

  • bgsbnny

    is glen davis possessed by the ghost of manny ramirez? what a dope. full of potential, but even more full of his own delusions of grandeur.

  • Very well written article, like this one.2011-9-7 13:07:58