Boston Celtics: Glen Davis

Magic suspend Glen Davis

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Steve Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesGlen Davis and Doc Rivers during his visit to the Garden last month.
Old friend Glen Davis can't keep himself out of the headlines for head-shaking antics. The Magic forward, who earlier this year dropped his pants while protesting a foul call, was suspended for two games Friday for conduct detrimental to the team.

MAGIC SUSPEND GLEN DAVIS  
The Orlando Magic have suspended forward Glen Davis for two games due to conduct detrimental to the team, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Davis will miss tonight’s game vs. Cleveland and tomorrow night’s game at Indiana.

The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins reports that, "Davis had an outburst during the team's shootaround this morning at Amway Center."

Pregame: Big Baby back in Boston

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BOSTON -- Former Celtics forward/center Glen Davis met with the media before Monday's game against the Orlando Magic. A few of the highlights from the Q&A:
What does it mean to be back here?

Davis: “Oh man, it felt weird at first, but it is what it is. I’m Orlando Magic now, so it’s just the way of the business.”

Did you want to stay a Celtic?

Davis: “Umm, yeah. You start your career somewhere you don’t want to really leave. You’re not like like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna leave.’ Especially the memories that you have here, you want to stay. But, like you said, it’s the way of the business. Some things don’t work out the way you want to and you try out the new home.”

Any emotions?

Davis: “Man, I don’t know, man. I heard they gave Perk like a real tribute. So, I don’t know. If they do that, I don’t know, I might not be able to hold myself for a little bit. But, you know, it’s good. It’s good to be here. My emotions will be okay, I’m playing a basketball game, so hopefully I don’t let the other family feelings get in the midst.”

Any interesting reactions so far? Around the hotel?

Davis: “No, I don’t think people recognize me. It’s sad. I lost a lot of weight. So, it’s going to be different.”

How much weight lost?

Davis: “I don’t know. I don’t keep tabs to that. When you start keeping tabs, you find yourself feeling like you could be here or there. So, I don’t want to keep tabs. ‘Oh, I lost three pounds. I can have a cookie here.’ So, I don’t like to keep tabs. I let the strength and conditioning coaches keep tabs.”

Video: Celtics honor Glen Davis

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BOSTON -- The Celtics honored Glen Davis during the first timeout in Monday's clash with Orlando with a 'Thank You Big Baby' tribute video. Davis spent the first four years of his career with the Celtics, winning a title with the team in 2008, and playing a big role in the team that made the Finals in 2010.

Oh, Baby: Davis drops pants, gets technical

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Sun Sports ScreenshotGlen Davis drops his pants after a foul call.
Old friend Glen Davis is back in town on Monday with the Orlando Magic. Big Baby will be a big story. But he's already drawing national headlines this morning for apparently dropping his shorts in protest of a foul call Wednesday night, leading to a technical foul (video HERE). From the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins:
Some players yell and gesticulate to earn a technical foul.

It appears that Glen Davis goes a different route. He pulls down his own pants.

In one of the more bizarre moments of an already strange season, was called for a personal foul Wednesday night on a San Antonio Spurs alley-oop attempt, then argued the call to a referee. As Davis protested, he pulled down his shorts to reveal black Spandex.

A whistle for the technical followed a few seconds later. Tony Parker made the technical free throw to put San Antonio up 53-50.

A Magic spokesman would not comment.

In a related story, Brandon Bass quietly posted 13 points and nine rebounds in Boston's win over Toronto Wednesday.

Informed of Davis' actions during an appearance on sports radio WEEI Thursday morning, Celtics coach Doc Rivers quipped, "Oh my gosh... Listen, I played in a jock strap era."

Taking Baby steps in Orlando

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brandon Bass has enjoyed a practically flawless transition from the Orlando Magic to the Boston Celtics, taking on a crucial bench role, and playing so well that Paul Pierce has already nominated him as a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. But the man Bass was (signed and) traded for -- Glen Davis -- hasn't enjoyed the same smooth assimilation down in Florida.

Through seven games, Davis is averaging only 6.9 points per game on 33.3 percent shooting, and, according to The Orlando Sentinel, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy addressed the improvements he would like to see Davis make following a 2-of-10 shooting, 4-point performance in Orlando's 103-85 thrashing of the Wizards on Wednesday.

"He's not playing well, and I'm not sure his mind's on the right things right now," Van Gundy said. "What we need him to do is defend, which he has done pretty well, rebound better than he's rebounding and move the ball and set screens."

When informed of Van Gundy's comments, Bass briefly weighed in on old-friend Davis' situation.

"He's not picking up the defense quick? Wow," Bass said. "You know, I haven't talked to him of late, but I mean, Glen knows the situation. He's been in worse situations than that, so I feel like he'll be able to overcome it sooner than later."

C's coach Doc Rivers, who coached Davis for his first four NBA seasons, stressed the need to keep the forward motivated at all times.

"Well, you gotta keep pushing him, and finding Baby’s buttons," said Rivers. "And Stan will; Stan’s an excellent coach. It’s frustrating at times. But the one thing that Stan knows -- and I know -- that Baby is not a bad kid. He’ll find it. It’s just, then you gotta find it again. And then again. And that’s just who Baby is. At the end of the day, that’s who Baby is."

Don't cry for Big Baby

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Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireGlen Davis' act was always a lot of fun to watch, but it has run its course in Boston.
Mercurial forward Glen Davis will be missed, but more for his entertainment value than his play writes ESPN Boston's Peter May:
And now there are four.

With Friday's departure of Glen Davis, the Celtics now have four holdovers from their 2008 title team: the Big Three and Rajon Rondo. And while no one Friday was shedding any tears, crocodile or otherwise, over Big Baby's absence, it simply won't be the same without him.

Simply, he was entertaining. He called himself The Ticket Stub when he was subbing for Kevin Garnett (aka The Big Ticket). Last year, he pleaded with everyone to call him "Uno Uno" instead of Big Baby. Didn't happen. He brought us one-half of the Shrek and Donkey Show with Nate Robinson during the 2010 playoffs -- and had more than a few highlight performances in his four years as a Celtic.

I will always remember Game 2 of the 2010 Miami series, when he destroyed the Heat (23 points, 8 rebounds), which prompted the following from the Heat's head coach, Erik Spoelstra: "That's a case of one man impacting the game simply with his effort. I don't think they ran one play for him. You cannot let a man's effort exceed yours. It's as simple as that."

He could play. We all saw that. He knew the game. He had fabulous footwork. He took charges. Boy, did he take charges. He made the game winner against Orlando in Game 4 of the 2009 playoffs, subbing for the injured Garnett. He torched the Heat again in last year's season opener (13 points, 5 rebounds) and then said, "Doc [Rivers] must have said something good about me."

He just didn't do all of the above with enough consistency to convince president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers that he was a certifiable keeper. And he was, well, a mental work in progress. There's a reason why he never could get rid of that nickname.

"Baby was Baby," Rivers was saying Friday. "You know, kind of like Manny being Manny? He was young.

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Big Baby: 'I'm not happy, I'm ecstatic'

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In a chance encounter, ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan bumped into former Celtics forward Glen Davis at the Orlando airport Friday night. Asked about the sign-and-trade deal that sent him to the Magic in exchange for Brandon Bass, Davis said: "I'm not happy, I'm ecstatic."

Asked why that is, Davis suggested it was time for a change before departing.

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Video: How Baby spent the lockout

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How did Glen Davis fill his time during the lockout? Knitting, model cars, and crafting the TD Garden out of popsicle sticks. ::sigh:: The lockout would have been a lot more fun if Glen Davis had made these videos on the regular.

(h/t: TBJ's @JESkeets)
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Davis: A best buy in free agency?

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Nick Laham/Getty ImagesOften maligned as a non-starter, Glen Davis could be a big help to a lot of teams.
Even with an impending lockout that might delay the start of free agency this summer, ESPN Insider began taking a look at the players that will be available this offseason and identified some of the best and worst values:

Best Buys: Davis tops the list Insider


Scouts Inc.'s David Thorpe looks at free agents-to-be that he considers potential bargains this offseason, producing beyond what their perceived value. Celtics forward/center Glen Davis top that list:
Davis embodies an accomplished role player with excellent career numbers, in terms of wins and big plays made in important games. He's considered a good locker room guy, easy to get along with and open to coaching from the staff and veteran players. Now that he's a respected vet himself and has played in dozens of tense playoff games despite being just 25, teams needing "glue guys" will target Davis as someone who can do more than just play a role. He brings all those "war" stories with him, not to mention a vast knowledge of how to play elite-level team defense.
 

Buyer Beware: Has Green peaked? Insider


Which players could be risky signings this summer? Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton identifies five who might be overvalued:
Still a couple of years from reaching his peak, Green should be an ideal alternative to the fading veterans so common in free agency. Yet instead of getting better during his mid-20s, Green has stagnated or even gone backward in his development. His flaws were spotlighted after he was dealt to Boston by the Oklahoma City Thunder at midseason in a deal unpopular among Celtics fans. Green failed to win over the skeptics with his performance and was largely a nonfactor during the postseason. Green was more or less the same player in Boston he was in Oklahoma City, but the bigger stage exposed a national audience to the shortcomings that led the Thunder to deem him expendable. It also dispelled the notion that Green's issue was playing out of position as a power forward for Oklahoma City. Green played both forward positions with the Celtics, and as a small forward, his poor outside shooting tended to shrink the floor on offense. The danger is that Boston invested so much in Green that the front office will feel the need to re-sign him as a restricted free agent.
 
Davis and Green will define how Boston's offseason plays out. With full Bird Rights to both players, the Celtics can use deep pockets to retain the services of both players despite being over the salary cap. The question is what is Boston willing to pay and what will the market dictate for the price tag of both players?

Davis stumbled late last season, but he's still a big man who was a Sixth Man candidate for much of the year with inspired play at both ends. He earned $3 million last season, but would seem to be in line for a healthy raise. He'd probably also be looking for long-term security, having had to deal with offseason uncertainty every two years to start his career. Even if the Celtics decide a clean break is necessary, it might behoove the team to work a sign-and-trade deal, where they can use their rights to ink him at a higher salary than what another team might be able to offer given salary cap restraints, and then flip him for, say, a veteran with an expiring contract. Of course, as an unrestricted free agent, Davis isn't under any obligation to do that.

The Celtics continue to stress that they believe Green will thrive next season with a full training camp under his belt and increased minutes. Before June 30, Boston will almost certainly extend a qualifying offer ($5.9 million) and the market will dictate what happens from there. As a restricted free agent, other teams can attempt to lure him away, but Boston will have the ability to match all deals. Ultimately, it might be in Boston's best interest to ink him to a one-year deal, which would maintain the salary flexibility next season and allow the team to decide then whether they wish to ink him to a long-term deal (the danger there is that he'll be an unrestricted free agent and the potential for another team to lure him away would be greater).

What's your take, armchair general managers? Do you want to see the Celtics re-sign both players with eyes towards being as competitive as possible this season? Is it time for a break with Davis? Would you lock up Green long term now? Obviously, a lot of this hinges on the new collective bargaining agreement, but sound off with your thoughts in the comments.

Davis hired sports psychologist

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesGlen Davis hired a sports psychologist to aid his offseason.
After declaring earlier this week that he wasn't mentally ready for the playoffs and stressing that his No. 1 focus this summer would be on becoming mentally tougher, Celtics forward/center Glen Davis revealed in an interview with sports radio station KFXX in Portland, Ore. this week that he had hired a sports psychologist to help him move past his mental roadblocks.

From SportsRadioInterviews.com:
Q: How do you practice mentally?

Davis: “I hired a sports psychologist to help you tap into the zone … as far as you miss a shot, you don’t worry about that. You go to the other end and use that energy to do something else on defense. … Let it pass like a cloud. Clouds pass by you all the time and you don’t worry about it, you’ve just got to keep going. That’s what I’ve been concentrating on, just how to handle things like a professional.”

Q: How often is a guy's play affected by matters off the court?

Davis: “A lot of players are affected in ways that you would probably never even imagine, even little things a coach says or little things off the court, teammates. The game of basketball, especially on this level, you have to be mentally strong. Instead of always practicing shooting and working on your body and making sure you’re strong, you’ve got to also practice mental toughness. You’ve got to put yourself in tough situations mentally and just exercise your mind. A lot of guys don’t really recognize that. When you see the guys who do it, like the Kobe Bryant’s and Michael Jordan’s … you’ve got to be mentally tough in the game.”

Earlier this week at a community appearance in Medford, Davis explained how his mental struggles led to production issues late in the 2010-11 season. He said he would spend the summer exercising his mind.

"This summer's a different summer for me as far as just growing fully and being who I can truly be as a person and in my game as a player," said Davis. "Mentally, I've been exercising my mind because of what's about to happen. I've always said I need to work on a certain part of my game and this year mentally I wasn't there. My body was there, but I was not there mentally."

Davis will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 -- or whenever an impending lockout is lifted -- and might ultimately get more money or a better role than Boston can offer. The Celtics started the process of adding depth to their frontcourt Thursday by landing Purdue power forward JaJuan Johnson in the first round.

Davis undoubtedly struggled with moving past minor miscues last season, often looking at the Boston bench after a missed shot or blown defensive assignment during the postseason, appearing fearful that those errors might get him lifted from the game. The pressure of impending free agency likely weighed on him, too.

When he wasn't too concerned about making mistakes, Davis put together his best regular season as a pro, logging more time with Boston's Big Four than any other player. Given all the injuries in Boston's frontcourt, he played starter's minutes at the center spot. But his late-season struggles diminished an otherwise strong campaign at both ends of the floor.

(h/t: @CelticsTown)

Community corner: Court makeovers

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Chris Forsberg/ESPNBoston.comThe Donlan family surround their cousin, Timothy Stevens, who helped earn their court makeover.
MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Donlan family of Medford, one of this year's three "Home Court" makeover winners, received a Celtics-themed driveway and bedroom renovation courtesy of the team and RE/MAX of New England.

Celtics forward/center Glen Davis and legend Cedric Maxwell visited the Donlans Monday to celebrate the court makeover, which featured a driveway resealing, new basket stanchion, backboard, scoreboard, ball rack and other Celtics-themed accessories. After joking about taking a swim in the family's pool, Davis engaged in (and dominated) some 1-on-1 action with the children on hand for the event.

That group included the Donlan's three children: Jimmy, Tommy, and Erin. They were nominated by their cousin, Timothy Stevens, an 18-year-old who suffers from complex health care needs and development delays that restrict him to a wheelchair. Stevens drew some of the biggest cheers of the day for his part in making the court makeover a reality.

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Chris Forsberg/ESPNBoston.comGlen Davis plays a little 1-on-1 Monday in Medford.
Glen Davis admitted Monday that his head wasn't right during the 2011 playoffs and said he's focused on mentally preparing himself for next season. Will he still be in a Celtics uniform then?
MEDFORD, Mass. -- With more than a month to digest his end-of-the-season struggles, Boston Celtics forward/center Glen Davis said Monday that he wasn't mentally ready for the postseason and has spent the start of a murky offseason exercising his mind.

After setting career highs while averaging 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds over 29.5 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season, Davis disappeared in the playoffs, averaging a mere 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds over 21.2 minutes per contest and the Celtics were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. While some pundits wondered whether Davis was physically prepared for the postseason, he suggested Monday it was all mental.

"(The postseason struggles) weighed on me a lot," Davis said during a community appearance in which the first of three deserving local families received a Celtics-themed court and bedroom makeover. "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."

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Davis on uncertain offseason

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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.

Glen Davis at community event

Big Lobsterman Davis?

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Celtics forward/center Glen Davis spent Saturday on the water outside Bath, Maine, becoming the first member of the Black Point Seafood Captain’s Club as he spent the afternoon as a lobsterman. Check out a snapshot below and hop to the Get Maine Lobster Facebook page for even more multimedia from the event or the Get Maine Lobster website.

Courtesy @GetMaineLobster

Grab bag: Sign and trade?

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During the slower times this offseason (of which there could be many in a bummer summer with a potential lockout looming), we’ll occasionally reach into our Celtics Mailbag and pull out a question to field in the blog. Hop HERE to submit a question:

Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireDon't hold your breath on getting anything in return if Glen Davis leaves town.
Q: Any shot of the Celts packaging Big Baby Glen Davis with the Clippers' first-round pick (obtained from the Thunder) for Chris Kaman? The Clips want to move him and he would be a great fit. -- M. Kelly (Quartz Hill, Calif.)

A: Killing two birds with one stone in this grab bag as there's been a handful of questions lately about both Kaman and Davis. The Kaman chatter came after trade reports indicated the Clippers were willing to move him with a desire to build around the young froncourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Kaman actually makes some sense for the Celtics because he's in the final year of his deal, which is Boston friendly as the team eyes maintaining cap flexibility after the 2011-12 season, and with the departure of Nenad Krstic and the retirement of Shaquille O'Neal, the Celtics could use a veteran big. Alas, Kaman's $12.7 million price tag makes him virtually unobtainable as all trades have to match up salary wise and the only thing in the neighborhood for Boston is the likes of the Big Four.

But while we're here, let's address the larger issue: Glen Davis. A lot of mailbaggers have asked about the potential to flip Davis, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, via sign and trade (or extend and trade). Long answer short, don't get your hopes up.

Davis is not eligible for an extend and trade prior to July 1 because he is operating in the final year of two-year contract that he inked during the 2009 offseason. A player must have a contract of at least four years to be eligible to be extended (Davis signed a two-year minimum deal after being drafted by the Celtics in the second round of the 2007 draft, then, after being tendered a qualifying offer in 2009, inked a two-year, $5 million package, which included incentives that increased the value to the $3 million he earned this past season).

So if Boston doesn't believe it is capable of -- or simply doesn't have interest in -- re-signing Davis this offseason -- though it's probably the best option given the fact that, new collective bargaining agreement willing, the Celtics will have full Bird Rights to him having been with the team the past four seasons and can offer him a healthy raise despite being over the salary cap -- its only hope to obtain something in return is to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal. Even still, the amount of that raise that Boston can offer (based on the current CBA, at least) might not be as much as a team with cap room is willing to offer. And it's unlikely the Celtics would dip into the mid-level exception (assuming that lives on) in order to sign him at a higher number before dealing him away. All of which makes a sign and trade hard to envision.

A special tip of the cap to CBA guru Larry Coon, who helped verify all the possibilities under the current agreement, though keep in mind that things could change after July 1 (or whenever an agreement is reached and the offseason actually starts). Once we get to that offseason, we'll discuss more why we think that it is imperative the Celtics re-sign Glen Davis using those Bird Rights, but the competition might make that a difficult task.

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