|Big Baby: ‘The only thing I know is that I got paid a little bit more money’||01.24.12 at 1:14 am ET|
There’s one important difference between Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins: Big Baby left on his own terms.
Davis didn’t profess his love for Boston in his postgame press conference the way Perk did. He wanted a change in scenery and an upgraded role, and Orlando offered that opportunity. Or so he thought.
“I’m in the same situation I was here — coming off the bench,” said a dejected Davis after losing to his former team, 87-56. “The only thing I know is that I got paid a little bit more money. Like I said, it’s a process and a system that I’ve got to get used to. I don’t know. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I don’t know yet. I’m still searching.”
As they did for fellow members of the 2007-08 NBA championship team Eddie House and Perkins before him, the Celtics gave Big Baby the video montage treatment. When the Garden crowd responded with a standing ovation, Davis flashed his signature smile and acknowledged the fans with a wave before returning to the Magic bench.
“It was good to remember all the memories that you had,” he said. “I looked really big, like really fat. I was like, ‘Wow, chubby.’ I look a little more leander now. But it was good. It’s always good to see things like that, memories I can never forget. The fans showed love, and I appreciate that.”
Asked what Davis brings to the Magic, Dwight Howard said, “Food. Drinks. By the time he brings the food, there’s no food left. He usually eats it before he brings it to the table.”
On a serious note, Howard added, “Glen has been great in the locker room. I can tell he’s learned a lot from [Kevin Garnett] and those guys. … He’s been great in the locker room, on the floor. It’s good to have a guy like that.”
In 24 minutes off the bench, Davis grabbed 11 rebounds but committed four turnovers and finished with just six points (2-9 FG). His numbers are down from the 11.7 points and 5.5 boards he averaged with the C’s last season.
“I went for everything — different role, more money,” he said of his move to Orlando. “I’m 1-for-2.”
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