Monday, June 20, 2011
Davis on uncertain offseason
By Chris Forsberg
MEDFORD -- Glen Davis made the first of three appearances this week on Monday for a community initiative in which the Celtics and RE/MAX of New England do a court and bedroom makeover for deserving local families. Davis and Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell spent time with the Donlan Family before taking part in a basketball clinic at the Medford Boys and Girls Club.
In between, Davis addressed a murky offseason as the NBA braces for a potential lockout and he prepares to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. While Davis could have easily deferred on the questions about his future at a community event, he fielded all the queries openly and honestly, repeating numerous times how he simply wants to be in a situation that will allow him to be the player he believes he can be.
Here's a sampling of the Q&A:
* 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."
* On being weighed down by postseason struggles: “[The postseason struggles] weighed on me a lot. 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.’ But this summer it didn’t happen, because I felt, mentally, I wasn’t ready and prepared enough for what was in front of me. I didn’t prepare for it well, mentally, and it affected the way I played. That’s what I’ve been doing this offseason, concentrating on making sure that postseason won’t happen again.”
As usual, Davis was a hit at the event, his personality overflowing throughout the visit. Upon arriving at the house, he spotted a pool in the back yard and joked he was going for a swim. He played 1-on-1 against the family (see below) and took it easy on no one.