|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.)