|Doc to big men: Shelden ‘wants your minutes’||03.17.10 at 8:40 pm ET|
Doc Rivers remembers how vital a sense of urgency can be for those who back up the starters.
The Celtics coach saw it on the 2008 championship team with Leon Powe and Glen Davis battling each other for minutes on the second unit with veterans James Posey and P.J. Brown.
Now, with Shelden Williams seeing some more playing time of late, he hopes history is in the course of repeating itself.
And he’s let everyone on the second unit know it.
“We kind of alerted the other bigs that if you’re not getting the job done, we’re just going to go with Shelden,” Rivers said before Wednesday’s game. “If he’s not, then we’ll go back with you. But I think right now, with our team, I think that’s a good place for all of them to be in.”
Rivers clearly is looking for that extra fire in the second unit to motivate the likes of Davis and Rasheed Wallace.
“I thought that was very good a couple of years ago with Leon and Baby,” Rivers said. “I thought that sense of urgency that the other guy wanted to play your minutes was a good thing for our team.
“We kind of feel into but I think it’s great that Shelden is there and wants your minutes.”
Williams has seen significant minutes of late in blowouts over the Pacers, Pistons and Knicks.
“It’s need and he’s showing me something,” Rivers said. “It’s been great all year in the fact that once he stopped playing he never stopped working.”
|Tuohy discusses Davis’ audition for ‘The Blind Side’||03.10.10 at 6:15 pm ET|
On Sunday, Glen Davis shared his story of auditioning for “The Blind Side” and finishing in the top three for the lead role of Michael Oher.
Another connection to the movie was made on Wednesday when the real-life Sean Tuohy, now a television broadcaster for the Grizzlies, came to Boston to call the Celtics-Grizzlies game. He smiled as he recalled meeting Davis during the player’s rookie season.
“He got casted for it and we just happened to be here the next day, so I sought him out and talked to him about it,” Tuohy said. “He was so funny. He said, ‘You need to get me that part!’ Then a few months later they came to Memphis and Michael was there. So he met Michael and it was funny. He said, ‘I almost played you!’ Michael said, ‘No, you’re too big time to play me.’ He said, ‘No you’re too big time!’ ”
The role ultimately went to Quinton Aaron, but that wasn’t any knock on Davis.
“He was too good, that’s what it was,” Tuohy explained. “They were looking for somebody that when they walked in the room, you immediately were attracted to, but you were immediately attracted to in a way that you’d want to help. And Glen, he’s bigger than life so he doesn’t exude anything about need. He exudes a lot of confidence. They said he was almost too pretty and also wasn’t big enough.”
Big Baby wasn’t big enough? Davis is listed at 289 pounds, nearly 200 pounds less than Aaron when he was cast for the role. Oher himself weighs in at over 300 pounds.
Even though Davis did not land the role in “The Blind Side,” Tuohy says it is hard not to like his outgoing personality.
“He smiles all the time. As soon as he walks in he’s got this smile,“ he said. “He’s the guy you should hate on the other team. Especially in college, I was an Ole Miss guy, but it was hard to hate him because you knew he was out there having fun. He hardly has a look of need. He has a look of, ‘I’ve got things going in the right direction.’ ”
|Daniels dedication contagious||02.26.10 at 1:06 am ET|
Marquis Daniels is sick.
Not sniffly nose sick, but that stay-in-bed-all-day kind of sick where you can’t help but feel bad for him when you see that pained look on his face.
Daniels has been battling the flu the entire week, but he still played on Thursday night against the Cavaliers. He started, in fact, in place of Paul Pierce.
He fought through picks, defenders, and illness. Daniels hustled for 31 minutes, defended LeBron James, grabbed three rebounds, and picked off a steal along the way.
“He did a great job,” said Glen Davis. “Being sick is tough. He’s a competitor and he plays hard. But he went out there and did what he had to do.”
After the game Daniels looked exhausted as he slouched at his locker. His voice was faint and he simply shook his head when asked how he felt.
The Celtics will not practice on Friday. Daniels will wait until then to talk to the doctors about what he kind of activity he should or should not do.
But even though he is sick, it’s his dedication that’s most contagious.
“I commend him because the last day or so he’s been somewhat shaky and not strong,“ said Ray Allen. “You could tell that his energy was very low. So for him to be out there, I definitely commend him.”
|New rumors: Glen Davis and DJ Augustin||02.10.10 at 10:52 am ET|
The latest Celtics trade rumor involves the Charlotte Bobcats and point guard D.J. Augustin. You may remember Augustin as the rookie point guard who suggested last season that the C’s try to intimidate people and if that doesn’t work, they fold. The kid gives good quote if nothing else.
The initial rumor from Chris Broussard on ESPN involved Augustin and Glen Davis, but as others have already noted, that wouldn’t work straight up because Davis is what is known as a base-year compensation player. The short version is that Davis’ $3 million contracts counts half in trade scenarios, but counts for real against another team’s cap.
Charlotte Observer beat man Rick Bonnell checks in to suggest that Davis may not be the object of the Bobcats interest and that maybe, Larry Brown would like to be reunited with Rasheed Wallace. There has been nothing to suggest that the Celtics are interested in moving Sheed, despite his less-than-stellar play this season.
That’s a lot of smoke, but not exactly a fire, and as Zach Lowe from Celtics Hub suggests perhaps all of this is a small part of a much larger move. It certainly has that feel.
So, who is D.J. Augustin? He’s a shortish point guard with a scorer’s mentality who has fallen out of favor after a strong rookie season. This is a pattern for Brown who falls in and out of love with young players, particularly point guards, all the time. From the Celtics perspective, Augustin could be a younger version of Eddie House with better ball-handling skills, so he is an intriguing player.
|Glen Davis: Don’t play if you’re not a competitor||01.26.10 at 7:44 pm ET|
WALTHAM – The Celtics leave Wednesday morning to begin one of their toughest four-day stretches of the season. On Thursday, they play in Orlando, followed by a road game in Atlanta the next night.
They return home on Sunday to host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. All three teams have a combined 91 wins entering Tuesday’s play.
“Huge,” Glen Davis said of the week. “These are big, big, big games. If you’re not a competitor, you don’t need to play in these games. This is a great opportunity for us to keep our win streak alive and also get better with playoff-contending teams. We’re looking forward to the challenge. Every game is big but these games are bigger.”
Speaking of Davis, he said he is on a new path when it comes to his former moniker – ‘Big Baby’
“Big Baby will always be a part of me. But I’m going to put Big Baby on the shelf – for now,” he said.
Asked why Davis, No. 11, is leaning toward ‘Uno, Uno’ as a new nickname, Davis pointed toward Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Davis doesn’t feel the need to formally change his last name, just his handle.
“Every sport has their version of nicknames,” Davis said. “He paved the way. Knock off or not, I’m a different player than Ochocinco. He plays football. I play basketball.”
Davis wouldn’t be the first pro athlete in Boston to follow the Cincinnati receiver’s lead. In 2008, Jonathan Papelbon had ‘Cinco Ocho’ T-shirts made up sporting the reverse of the famous wide receiver, and representing the No. 58 on the back of Papelbon’s uniform.
|Doc on Davis: ‘He’s not a bad kid’||01.25.10 at 8:59 pm ET|
BOSTON — As WEEI.com’s Jessica Camerato reported, Glen Davis is trying to shake the “Big Baby” moniker that Shaquille O’Neal, among others, bestowed upon him at Louisiana State.
Actually, he’s dropping it altogether for “Uno Uno.”
While we wait to see how that goes over, one of the people who often used the “Big Baby” reference — Celtics coach Doc Rivers — believes there’s something more important to note about his biggest power forward off the bench.
“He’s young, that’s the one thing I keep saying about him,” Rivers said. “He has to grow up in front of a lot of people where most people his age don’t. He’s not a bad kid. We just have to give him time. Some you don’t, some you do and he’s one you do.
“The character and the ‘He’s not a bad kid’ part of it is the savior of it all.”
Rivers has shown support for Davis several several times this season. Whether it was the player’s fracas in an SUV the weekend before the season-opener in Cleveland that resulted in a broken thumb or the recent obscenity-laced tirade directed at a fan in Detroit that left Davis $25,000 lighter, Rivers has been there for his player.
Monday, as Davis searched for a new identity to go with his new image and moniker, Rivers was there for him again.
“I think we can all learn from his mistakes,” Rivers said. “I hope we can all learn from our mistakes and I think he can as well. Usually, his mistakes come from emotional [decisions]. Usually, his mistakes are nothing calculated.”
(Listen to Rivers explain his stance on Davis by clicking here.)
|No more ‘Big Baby’||at 7:14 pm ET|
It took a broken thumb and a $25,000 fine to convince Glen Davis to shed the identity he carried into the NBA.
But now, Davis wants a new nickname. He wants to leave Big Baby behind.
“I’m not a Big Baby anymore,” he said. “ I’m not feeling that anymore. You got that? No more Big Baby.”
So what does he have in mind?
“Call me ‘Uno Uno!’ Yeah, I like that,” he exclaimed after a reporter suggested the moniker. “‘Uno Uno,’ that’s my new name.”
Big Baby represents a past from which Davis wants to move on. It’s a past that includes fighting in a car during the preseason and yelling obscenities at a fan just last week. He appreciates the opportunities he has been given by the Celtics organization and never wants to revert back to the player who had to be granted second – and third – chances.
“Being Big Baby, I just realized throughout my life I’ve been called Big Baby, and throughout my life I’ve been going through different changes. So really, I’m not Big Baby,” he explained. “You know, it’s like I’m in a cocoon and now I’m coming out as a different player and as a different person also. Basically just the fact that the new person is growth, so you want to shed that Big Baby off. You want to be perceived as something else, not the past.”
To Rivers, Davis’ personality has nothing to do with the name he goes by. Regardless of whether or not he is Big Baby or Uno Uno, he is still a young player who is learning his way in the league. Davis asked that fans believe he is not a bad person or a troublemaker, and Rivers echoed his request.
“He’s young, that’s the one thing I keep saying about him,” he said. “He has to grow up in front of a lot of people where most people his age don’t. He’s not a bad kid. We just have to give him time. Some you don’t, some you do and he’s one you do.”
So while Davis figures out who he is and who he is going to become in the NBA, he is turning to his veteran teammates for advice along the way.
“I look up to a lot of these players on this team and Ray Allen gave me some great advice,” he said. “The 26-year-old man has to think for the 36-year-old man. The 36-year-old man has to think for the 46-year-old man. So every decision I make is more than just today.”
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