I Guess He Really Is A Big Baby

First of all, let me say that I like Glen Davis. He seems like a fun guy and he's a pretty good basketball player.  At his best he's a real asset to the team.  However, I'm starting to get frustrated with his lack of maturity.

Yes, I'm a little frustrated over the losing streak, and I acknowledge that.  I don't want to turn Glen into a scapegoat or anything.  I can't stress this enough: Glen Davis is a very small part of the problems with the Celtics.  It isn't his fault (alone) that we are losing games.

With that said, I can't help but react to yet another negative incident caused by his immaturity.

Let us review...

Dec. 5, 2008: Glen Davis breaks down into tears as a result of a tongue lashing tirade by KG where he appears to be addressing the whole team for lack of effort.

This Past Offseason: A twitter account claiming to be run by Big Baby starts posting frustrated tweets at the lack of progress in contract negotiations.  After the tweets get national exposure Glen Davis denies anything to do with it and the twitter account abruptly signs off with a note saying it was a fake.  Maybe it was a fake, but honestly, I don't think we can rule out the possibility that it wasn't.

Contract Signed: It is announced that Glen Davis has signed his contract and that there are clauses tied to his weight.  He'll earn an extra $500,000 per season (2 years) if he can meet certain weight restrictions.  You don't put clauses like that in if you are fully confident in a player's ability to stay in shape. (note: he showed up for preseason in fantastic shape but during his rehab, Doc made a number of comments about him needing to stay in shape)

Preseason: Glen Davis injures his hand in a fight just days before the season starts.  He misses several weeks and is fined by the team (they elected not to suspend him).  Wyc grows frustrated with Davis and proclaims: "I'm not going to call him 'Big Baby' anymore. He's Glen. He needs to act like Glen."

Jan. 20, 2010: Glen Davis allows himself to get frustrated by an opposing team's taunting fan and reacts with very strong (and embarrassing) language.  Doc Rivers doesn't like it.  Says "shame on Glen Davis."

Here's a quote from Davis from after the hand injury incident:

"This summer was a crucial summer for me just becoming a professional,'' said Davis, who was fined an undisclosed amount. "When this happened it was tough thinking about all the hard work this summer. And it just made me realize how I'm not where I need to be. I'm not where I need to be as a professional, because professionals make the right decisions at crucial moments, and at that time I didn't. So, I have a lot of work to do in order to be the player I need to be and also the man I need to be.''

Apparently he's still got some growing up to do.

Update: In case anyone thinks this isn't a big deal, Doc disagrees:

"It is a big deal," said Rivers. "Unfortunately, I didn't know it had transpired. I didn't know until after the game, talking to the press pool, it got brought up, and it was a big deal to the press. I still don't have the clear picture, but I'm assuming whoever watched the game heard it and it was very clear... That stuff can't happen.

"I don't think it's a huge step backwards [in Davis' maturity], but it is a step backwards. Glen Davis has to grow up."

Update 2: WEEI

Davis apparently apologized on a Twitter account labeled GlenDavisNBA. Via the Twitter feed: “I’m a tough competitor and I’m proud of the work I’ve done to get in shape and be at the top of my game.” “That said, I shouldn’t have said what I did. My apologies to the fans and my teammates.” It’s worth pointing out that the time stamp has both tweets coming in the hour or so after the game. In other words, Davis expressed his regret long before the incident became front-page news. It’s also worth pointing out that this is a different account then bigbabybball, which media outlets cited when the author voiced frustrations over Davis’ unsettled contract situation last summer. Later updates indicate the account might have been a fake.

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