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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  33 responses

Glen Davis Unhappy With His Role?

Big Baby used Media Day as an opportunity to bring up concerns about his role on the Celtics. The Boston Herald reports: Glen Davis‘ versatility has been utilized by the Celtics during his three seasons. But entering his fourth year, Davis is pining for a solidified role. ‘It’s difficult because as a player you kind of don’t understand where they’re going or what they’re doing,’ Davis said this afternoon at media day. ‘No mater what I do, I can play great, it’s still not enough.’ Davis says his role has changed every season he’s been with the team. He excelled as a pick-and-pop power forward during his second season (2008-09) when Kevin Garnett missed the playoffs with a knee injury. Davis was a restricted free agent that summer, but was unable to turn his postseason success into a starting job with a new team. Instead, Davis re-signed with the C’s for two years. When last season began, Garnett was healthy and Rasheed Wallace had signed to fill the role of floor-stretching power forward, forcing Davis to play inside more. Wallace retired after the season and the C’s acquired a pair of centers — Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal — to fortify the front line. ‘I have to find out what my role is this year,’ Davis said. \With Rasheed last year, I had to become a center. Now, I don’t know. Do I become a 4 now? Do I go back to playing the 4? We’ll see.’ With training camp beginning tomorrow, Davis is hoping for an answer about his role. ‘It’s going to go through some ups and downs with me and Doc (Rivers), but that’s what it is,’ Davis said. \As long as I find out what my role is, I’m going to do my role and that’s it.’”

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  • t-sizzle

    .. and the big baby cries again

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    you’ve got some talent, sure. but you’re undersized and have issues finishing around the basket. so you’re unhappy that the team went out and got shot blocking, size and rebounding? come on now, baby. stay down and learn from the four hall of famers on your squad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Really? I find this hilarious since he had a chance to get more playing time on other teams. Then Boston proceeded to pick up Shaq and Jermaine…

  • abaci

    did you leave out a S in the headline?

  • JoeMaMa

    Shaq: I’m trying to retire with a title, get the team together, and this kid…what exactly did you just say? Big Baby: Please don’t throw me in the lake.

  • JR

    @Chiqo I disagree, I think Baby is a solid size for the PF and he’s great at finishing around the basket.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Everybody is unhappy with Glen Davis’ role. Whatever that is.

  • ClydeSays

    Don’t worry Glen. Doc will explain it to you. Just don’t hurt yourself dancing or punching any of your friends…

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    What are the odds of both O’Neals being healthy in May? He’ll have something to do.

  • Fat Lever

    Did no one see the marketing gold mine with Big Baby and Huggies diapers? He should have been dancing to his own remix, “Teach me how to Huggie/ teach me/teach me/teach me how to Huggie”, cause this dude seems to whine just like his nickname suggests.

  • ab40

    Celtics to Glenn Davis: You’re out of shape

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    He’s in a title contending team. He shouldn’t be complaining with the talent that surrounds him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If Glenn Davis doesn’t develop a definite identity and put up serious stats, he doesn’t get paid like he wants to get paid.
    That’s why he’s complaining.
    It’s still a business people.

  • Robb

    get into shape big boy

  • vtrobot

    I’ve always like Baby but he’s a weird player. Game changing type of energy and a player who can be hard for people to stop at times (Hi, Lamar). But isn’t he also the person with the highest number of shot attempts blocked in the leauge? Yet he still has a pretty good FG% too, right? Baby is great and I’m glad to have him on the team, but he’s not taking anyone’s starting position yet. There should be enough games missed due to injury between the O’Neal’s and KG that he should get plenty of time. Who knows? Maybe he’ll have a starting position for that reason when the playoffs start. @abaci: You mean the headline should have said “rolls” instead of “role”? nice.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    As a Celtics fan I’d like to see him with another team. He’s a whiner, he doesn’t fit, and he gets blocked like every other time he attempts a shot near the basket.

  • bobby

    I think Allenp is right, for a young guy it is important to put up some stats, but Boston is not that kind of team, as everyone is contributing and thats why they were successful in the playoffs, because they were able to put the ego aside. His contribution to the team is unquestionable, regardless if he scores 20/10 or he doesn`t, his presence is felt, and every serious coach/fan knows to appreciate that.

  • unrel

    his role is simple.. play hard.. play with energy.. oh.. and shut the f’ up.. don’t ask what your role is and just “do it, and that’s it”… what kind of bs is that?..

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    @jr: the stat they posted during the playoffs referencing him leading the league in having his shot blocked says he has trouble finishing. this is probably also related to him being about 6’7″.

    @fat lever: i don’t think dancing large black men inspire mothers/parents to buy products for their young children. would be hilarious though.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Cosign ^ unrel. Big Baby, your a role player on every team in the NBA. You need to be greatful your on a contender and was able to win a ring without doing a damn thing. This is the type of things players say when they think their better than they really are.

  • RobbieJay

    What Glen doesnt understand is that he’s lucky to even get some kind of burn on a team already stacked with big men.

  • Javy

    Doc to Shaq,Davis and Perkins: Who ate the cookies?

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Same kinda ish farmar was spouting. Glen will have a long career, he should be content with where he is now. In a couple years, he will get more minutes and responsibility than he can handle. How does he not see that?

  • unrel

    @tarzan.. only difference is that farmar wasn’t rocking the boat.. he was saying he wants to be a lead guard.. and that the lakers isn’t the place to do that.. big baby is saying.. “It’s going to go through some ups and downs with me and Doc (Rivers), but that’s what it is”… there’s a huge difference..

  • unrel

    oh.. and maybe he’s unhappy with his dinner roll.. not his playing role..

  • letsmotor

    is he really unhappy with his role, or just talking about being in the process of figuring out what it is? look at the last line: “As long as I find out what my role is, I’m going to do my role and that’s it.” Does that sound like someone who’s unhappy with his role?

  • roman

    Big Baby and Nate are mascots for the Celtics- get used to it. No one takes you serious

  • BostonBaller

    Yes, this is indeed a business, one that overpays men to play a kids game. No one should ever complain about money. I’m a C’s fan and I do appreciate what Davis has brought to the table. I disagree w/ whomever said he didn’t do anything to help get that ring, I also agree that he should just go out there and play hard regardless of his role or lack there of one. In a couple of years when the big vets are gone and he gets more PT he may not want to be there if we don’t reload and fall off for a bit

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    BostonBaller, seeing as Davis averaged 2 points, 1 rebound, 8 minutes, and shot 41%(?!) in the 2008 playoffs, it’s safe to say he contributed nothing. His FG % is just horrendous (hasn’t sniffed 50% the past two seasons) which is why he is and should be low on the Celts’ rotation.

  • BostonBaller

    I’m not saying he is a stat machine, I’m just saying he has a purpose and if you watch the games closely you’ll see how he changes things in a positive way more than a negative. He will never be an all star but he is not a bum. As far as his stats go in the playoff, compare his FG% to Kobe’s, Odom’s Pierce’s & Ray’s..I say that just to say stats only tell a portion of what a player brings to the table. We could go back and forth but it would be pointless b/c we know Kobe/Pierce are much better than he is but their FG % is lower. stats stats stats…..

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign JR.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Big Baby is a big reason the Celts made it to the Finals last year. Played some fantastic ball relieving KG and Perk.

  • Mr. TKO

    Nobody likes to come to work without any idea of what’s really expected from you every day/season. It’s easy to say play hard and etc…. but it would be better to know are you that guy that is expected to play in the post wit the big boys, or free up some space with the pick and pop or should he be grabbing reboudns and putting the ball in Rondo’s hands or what….

    It sucks coming to work finding out that you got moved around yet again.

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