Glen Davis’ Murky Future With the Boston Celtics

by June 21, 2011


Big Baby will soon be an unrestricted free agent, and he doesn’t sound so sure that Boston is the place for him to continue his career. In fact, he sounds confused in general. From WEEI: “In his fourth season with the team Davis emerged as a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate after averaging a career-high 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and playing almost 30 minutes a night. Davis was often on the floor at the end of games and seemed to have found himself in the perfect situation to utilize his unique skill-set. Yet things became complicated in the postseason when he averaged just 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 39 percent. ‘I pride myself on playing good basketball, especially when you need it,’ Davis said on Monday after a team-sponsored charity event. ‘Every postseason I’ve played tremendously good to the point where it was like wow and this [spring] it didn’t happen. 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.’ In an interview with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan after the season, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he thought Davis was affected by his upcoming free agency. While acknowledging his own poor play, Davis also responded to Rivers. ‘I know Doc talks a lot. I don’t pay attention to that,’ Davis said. ‘That’s what he does. That’s Doc. He loves to talk.’ Davis said that he has thought about leaving Boston, but that ultimately he wants to be in a position where he can be himself. ‘I can’t perform the way I need to perform if I’m not Glen Davis,’ he said. ‘I need to be in a situation where I can be Glen Davis. If it’s here with the Celtics or with somebody else. I just want to make sure I’m Glen Davis.’ Asked if he could be ‘Glen Davis’ in Boston, he said, ‘It just depends on the system, the people who are around the system. Who’s going to let Glen Davis be Glen Davis, not make Glen Davis something that they think he should be. Glen Davis is Glen Davis. Everyone knows who Glen Davis is. You’ve seen Glen Davis play the game like it’s supposed to be played.'”