Glen Davis did not enjoy playing for Doc Rivers. This we know. But after the last couple of days, Davis probably isn’t too fond of Rivers’ son, Austin, either.
Austin, who played with Davis for part of the 2014-15 season, took aim at Big Baby, saying he was “constantly out of shape,” late, and didn’t remember plays. Davis, who was in Hawaii when he saw Austin’s comments, went off on social media, calling the 24-year-old a “punk-ass” whose father “gave you your money.” He also called Austin a liar and a “bum who’s been given the world.”
Gosh, tell us how you really feel.
“First of all, I shouldn’t have did that because I shouldn’t let that guy get me out of character,” Davis said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “But at the end of the day, you got to state the facts. If you’re going to talk about me as a player and professional, I was never late or didn’t know the plays. I shouldn’t have said it, but he had to get put in this place. . . . He don’t want none of this.”
Davis has been critical of Rivers (the dad, not the son) in the past, saying he forced him to play with a broken ankle in the 2015 playoffs.
“We already know the ankle situation,” Davis said. “That already added a little bit to the fire. As a professional, you rely on the organizations to protect you and make sure that you’re healthy and make sure that you can go – (so) if you’re not going to play for them, you can at least go and play for somebody else. I think the Clippers did a bad job of doing that. As you can see, I’m trying to rehab and get back.”
Davis had left-ankle surgery in September 2015 and hasn’t played in the NBA since. Still only 31, he hopes to return to the league.
“I can’t play 300-plus pounds anymore,” he said. “I got to play smaller than that. When I go back and try to go back, I want people to see a different person. I don’t want them to see the same person. I’m just trying to take my time and making sure I get healthy and trying to stay away from the Austin Rivers of the world.”
Davis also weighed in on the rest of the Clippers, who have lost in the first or second round of the playoffs in six straight seasons.
Ultimately, what’s going to happen to Doc Rivers?
“I think he’s going to get saved this year, but I feel like next year he’s going to be on the hot seat because he’s taking something he’s now created,” Davis said. “Blake and DeAndre and all those guys were there before he really got there, so this is his first time really mixing it up with those big guys. I think they’re going to give him another chance and get his ass out of there.”
Tiki Barber wondered why Rivers hasn’t been able to replicate in Los Angeles the success he had in Boston, where he won an NBA title and played for another.
“It’s the players that he had in Boston,” Davis said. “He had KG, who was policing the team. Everybody was falling within the team guidelines. Everybody held everybody accountable on that team. KG was a true example of sacrifice. He didn’t care about points when he came (from) Minnesota. He didn’t care about getting (shots). He just cared about making sure that people do the right thing every single day – and it was contagious.”
Who plays that role for the Clippers, you ask? Apparently no one.
“There is no voice on the Clippers,” Davis said. “There’s no voice on the Clippers. Nobody did that. Nobody did that. There’s those intangible things that we need to win, that you need to win, that you can’t get done because of the selfishness and just the lack of understanding of giving yourself for the next guy next to you. There’s none of that there. . . . (The Clippers need) some real soul-searching. We need to find out who’s the guy that’s going to make people move. I used to love playing for Rondo. He gave me so much confidence. He gave me so much, just, love. ‘Hey, man, shoot your shot. Hey, man, you’re not playing well.’ He knew how to make me feel right. That’s the difference between Chris Paul now. It’s hard for him to get the guys around him to believe in him. He doesn’t rely on his teammates.”
Speaking of the 2008 Celtics, Davis was asked if the team’s beef with Ray Allen will ever get resolved. Allen has been ostracized ever since leaving Boston for Miami in 2012.
“Does it get solved? I don’t know,” Davis said. “But in order for it to get solved, I think Ray has to leave his emotions at the door. Also, as teammates, we have to leave our emotions at the door. You know those championships, man. They hurt. When you got a team that potentially can win – and we were one step from winning here, one step from winning here – it soaks in a little bit for us. I think we still feel a little bit. But at the end of the day, we’re all grown men and we can work it out. We got to leave our emotions at the door, (but) I’m still hurt.”