|Glen Davis: I love Doc Rivers but wish he would ‘pipe it down sometimes’||01.05.11 at 11:42 pm ET|
After the Celtics survived the NBA-best San Antonio Spurs by two points on Wednesday night, Glen Davis wanted to share a different kind of family story – the one involving his head coach.
Following his most productive night of the season in the scoring column, Davis said coach Doc Rivers continues to give him plenty of tough love this season. But Davis added that Rivers is working with him this season harder than ever to get the most out of him.
“He has, he has worked with me,” Davis said after scoring a season-best 23 on 10-of-18 shooting from the field. “He’s given me the opportunity to show what I got. He is still hard on me. He’s still hard. It’s like a love hate thing. It’s like you love it but pipe it down sometimes.”
Asked to describe their relationship, Davis – who detailed his new role as father in December -said it’s a very complicated, but effective one.
“For sure father son, like step-son,” Davis said of Rivers. “He loves me. But it’s like I still love you, but I’m hard on you. It is what it is.”
Davis and Rivers got into a heated argument on New Year’s Eve when the Celtics lost to the Hornets at the Garden, with Davis missing an ill-advised three-pointer to tie it late. Rivers afterward said Davis was guilty of playing too much “hero-ball.”
But then there was the loving part of their relationship, which Rivers clearly showed after Wednesday’s dramatic win, not possible, according to Rivers, without him.
“I’ve been saying it all year, he’s been terrific,” Rivers said. “Baby has his days but overall, he’s had very few of them. He’s been terrific all year. He’s had a tremendous team attitude in a contract year, which is very difficult. I don’t think he gets enough credit for that part of it. The only time he gets himself in trouble is when he forgets he’s Glen Davis, and I don’t know how you can forget something that big, personally.”
Rivers didn’t stop there, maintaining the team’s 27-7 mark wouldn’t be possible without Davis.
“He’s just been fantastic,” said the Celtics coach. “Our record is where it’s at because Glen Davis is on our basketball team. The minutes, playing him at four, playing him at five, he’s just turned into a terrific player for us.”
Speaking of contract, Davis is in the final year of a two-year, $6.3 million deal, a situation Davis said he’s not worried about – for now. When owner Wyc Grousbeck and GM Danny Ainge are ready, Davis will be ready to listen.
“Contract? You know what, I’m going to be honest with you,” Davis began. “Do you think about your job? You do, right. Man, I hope I get that next bonus or that next check. You have to think about it but you try to stay within yourself and the team and know that it’s going to happen. You have to control yourself. You can’t control what Danny or Wyc might put on the table. You just have to control yourself. That’s what I’ve come to realize. You have to keep wishing and don’t worry about that kind of stuff.”
Paul Pierce is no father figure to Davis. Instead, the big brother can appreciate what Davis has done in Kevin Garnett‘s absence.
“He’s given us a big spark for us playing for Kevin, the things he’s given us off the bench as a sixth man, probably the best sixth man in basketball right now if you ask me,” Pierce said. “He’s doing a lovely job at that, we’re asking him to do so many jobs, things that Kevin does, asking him to duplicate what Kevin does, but defensively he’s really given us a spark, offensively the way he spreads the floor. I just get on him a little bit, when it comes to rebounding but he’s playing great”
|Grousbeck on Rondo’s missing headband, LeBron, Wade and Jeff Van Gundy||10.26.10 at 8:00 pm ET|
Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck appeared on WAAF’s Hill-Man Morning Show on Tuesday morning. His discussion of the upcoming season touched included some pointed remarks about the new Heat nucleus and about a new fashion twist with point guard Rajon Rondo. A transcript of highlights is below. To listen to the interview, click here.
On the excitement surrounding the opener against the Heat:
“It’s caused our team to focus extra hard the whole month of training camp, I’m sure. It’s really great that we get to have the opener. I guess we deserve it,” said Grousbeck. “We’re the Eastern Conference champs. It’s great that [Dwyane] Wade lost last spring on our court. It’s great that LeBron [James] has lost every playoff series he’s ever played against us. I hope they’re listening. It adds to the pot boiling a little bit more.”
A computer simulation gave the Heat a 70 percent chance of winning the title:
“I wouldn’t guess 70 percent tonight. I’d give us 70 percent tonight. I love it. I love Jeff Van Gundy. He’s a very nice guy, but he can’t stand the Celtics because we keep knocking his brother out of the playoffs and he used to be a Knick. But he said they won’t lose two games in a row all year, and they will win 73 games. He’s made all these predictions about the Heat. I think that adds a lot of pressure. … Let’s start them off 0-1 tonight and see how they like it.”
On the absence of Rondo’s headband:
“He’s not going to have it on. He used to wear it upside-down, as a real connoisseur would know and I’m sure you noticed, he had an upside-down logo, turning the NBA upside-down. And they won’t let him do it anymore. They said they were going to fine him for that. So he said, ‘To heck with you, I’m not going to fine it at all.’ That’s the Rondo headband situation for you connoisseurs of men’s accessories.”
|Maybe Wyc can help the C’s slow D-Wade||04.26.10 at 5:08 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted on Monday that his team is not trying to stop Dwyane Wade from scoring, but he wants to see more urgency on defense. Wade scored 46 points and made 16-of-24 shots from the field as the Heat beat the Celtics, 101-92, in Game 4 in Miami on Sunday.
“If it were that easy, he wouldn’t be Dwyane Wade,” Rivers said. “If I can find a guy who can keep him in front of him, we’re signing him. Hopefully, Wyc [Grousbeck] has more money to give and we’re going to go get him. It’s going to be a team effort and one guy’s not guarding that guy.”
Rivers put his team through a two-hour session — split between video and on-court practice — on Monday. The Celtics host Miami on Tuesday at TD Garden, with a win sending Boston into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
|Ray Allen’s Ray of Hope Fundraiser||11.20.09 at 10:20 am ET|
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|Grousbeck talks about Davis and Rondo||10.27.09 at 3:03 pm ET|
Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck just finished up an appearance on “The Big Show,” and touched on a couple of topics, namely Glen Davis and Rajon Rondo (Click here to listen to the complete interview):
Grousbeck confirmed Davis suffered a broken thumb in a recent altercation. Though he did not give a specific timetable for the forward’s return, he did suggest that such injuries “are usually not season-threatening. … It’s a broken thumb. I don’t think it’s going to be that long.”
Grousbeck did say that the team expected to “suspend or fine” Davis. Noting that the 23-year-old will be out for some time, Grousbeck suggested that the Celtics planned to sit down with the player and determine an appropriate punishment. “I think we’re going to ask him to chip in,” said Grousbeck.
On why they wouldn’t reveal what happened: “I can’t talk to him. He’s post-operative and I’m getting on a plane. It’s just the way it is.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Source: Davis Out 6-8 Weeks Following Surgery||at 2:49 pm ET|
According to an NBA source, Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis underwent successful surgery on his right hand on Tuesday, and will now be out for six to eight weeks. Davis reportedly suffered the injury in a fight with a former college teammate. Davis re-signed with the Celtics this offseason on a two-year deal worth approximately $6 million deal.
In an interview with The Big Show on Tuesday afternoon, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck confirmed that Davis suffered a broken thumb. Though he did not give a specific timetable for the forward’s return, he did suggest that such injuries “are usually not season-threatening. … It’s a broken thumb. I don’t think it’s going to be that long.”
Grousbeck did say that the team expected to “suspend or fine” Davis. Noting that the 23-year-old will be out for some time, Grousbeck suggested that the Celtics planned to sit down with the player and determine an appropriate punishment.
“I think we’re going to ask him to chip in,” said Grousbeck.
|Transcript of Wyc Grousbeck with Dale & Holley||06.15.09 at 1:35 pm ET|
Courtesy of Greg Cameron, here are some of the highlights of Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck’s Q-and-A with Dale & Holley this afternoon. (Click here for the audio.)
On if it was painful to see the Lakers win the title: “It was. Having had the trophy it’s always disappointing to see someone else win it. We’re going to try and knock them off their perch next year.”
On Red Auerbach vs. Phil Jackson: “I stand with Red. He assembled and coached his teams. He would even arrange trips to Europe and Russia. Sometimes he’d even drive the bus. His fingerprints are on every single one of those banners.”
On the Celtics’ chances of repeating had they stayed healthy: “I think that’s for losers to think that way. I don’t think that’s an out.”
On Kevin Garnett’s rehab/recovery: “We are extremely excited. He’s been in the facility everyday, and most of the team’s been there as well.”
Comparing Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce: “There are different ways to look at that.
You have to give [Kobe] his due. I like our team and will focus on helping Danny [Ainge] improve it for next year.”
Addressing recently swirling trade rumors: “What not many people realize is how many calls are made and received throughout the league. We had a starting five that went a record 27-2. We can also offer someone a full max contract to someone next summer.”
On his views of the NBA’s salary cap: “I didn’t really care about it as a fan. I wanted to put together an ownership group that would be able to put the best team on the floor and win. I’ll go find the money, and we’ll go in for another banner. The league has things in place to keep a lot of that from happening but we have a good revenue sharing system between the players and the owners in place. There’s a lot of sharing in between.”
On the important free agency summer of 2010: “There is a scenario under which we could do that.”
On the economy’s impact on the Celtics: “We start with the fans and thank them for their support. I think we have something like 110 sellouts in a row, and the stuck with us despite injuries. We’re lucky to have them. They help attract free agents who want to play in front of these fans. We don’t want to be smug about how well we’re doing; we just want to thank our fans. We’re fortunate to also have been able to keep season ticket prices the same for this year.”
On NBA officiating: “I think they’re trying really hard. I can’t say it’s getting better. Each call and non-call gets looked at by the league and gets graded. Just by studying those figures, there’s no lack of effort, but it’s not getting better. Why don’t you worry about winning and the officiating last?”
On how the NBA does business: “If there are issues, the league office will resolve it.”
On how much stock the C’s put into a player’s character before signing: “It’s a big deal. It’s good to see the players we drafted out of high school like Kendrick Perkins go to a charity dinner and then later in the evening ask us if it’s okay to leave. We told him it was perfectly fine. He left this dinner to work out at 10:30 at night. We tell out players that they’re going to participate on and off the court. If not, they’re gone.”
On guard Stephon Marbury: “He did his part character-wise. He lived up to his word that he wanted to be a good teammate. It didn’t entirely work out as we and he had hoped.”
On the impending NBA Draft: “It won’t be a snooze with Danny at the helm. He’s made draft-day trades every year. He’s always working on deals that day, so we’ll see what happens.”
On Danny Ainge: “We’re all on the same page. He’s a busy guy, a great GM. He was a great hire. We wanted Danny and we got him.”
On the coach Doc Rivers’ anticipation for next season: “I received a text from Doc saying, ‘Let’s get back to the finals.”
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