Orlando Magic Upset With Their Fans for Booing Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis

by February 16, 2012
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The struggling Glen “BIg Baby” Davis was booed lustily by fans in Orlando on Monday night, which upset his teammates and coaches. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “I was disappointed,’ [Stan] Van Gundy said. ‘Our fans are normally better than that. I don’t like it. …. I don’t know what would compel you to say things at Glen Davis.’ Ryan Anderson said ‘it was disrespectful, almost shocking to hear’ Davis get booed, adding that Dwight Howard was upset. Anderson was shocked because ‘the other team doesn’t get boos’ from the home crowd. ‘It was bothering everybody,’ Anderson said. ‘Dwight was standing up and saying, ‘Are you serious?’ […] Magic fans weren’t booing Big Baby for the sake of booing him. Davis had missed nine of 10 shots. Frankly, I was surprised patrons were paying attention on a Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. There also was this back story: Davis was suspended two games a week before for screaming at Van Gundy at practice and damaging a wall as he flung open a lockeroom door. Davis heard a few boo-birds when he returned and sarcastically cupped his ear, asking for more volume, apparently. Davis has struggled, not thrilled with his role as Anderson’s back-up. There also was another back story: Van Gundy and Davis’ teammates were understandably sensitive to the booing, given Big Baby’s latest heartache. Davis’ estranged father died a day before the game against the T-Wolves. He lost his grandmother, who basically raised him, several weeks ago. Van Gundy said after the game that fans and media should give Davis ‘a break’ because of what he was going through, never alluding to the death of Davis’ father.”