Glen 'Big Baby' Davis Laid Into Doc Rivers For No Reason, So I'm Guessing Things Didn't End Well In LA?
SportingNews- Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Doc Rivers won a title together in 2008, but the former player says don't give the coach so much credit for that win.
"What Doc had in ’08 was special and he was lucky as hell. Lucky as hell. The year before that they was wearing trash bags," Davis said. "But then the next year they win it, now he is one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that. You know what I mean? You give credit to KG [Kevin Garnett]. You give credit to Paul Pierce. You give credit to Ray Allen. Those are the guys who made sure whatever Doc needed to be done, got done.
"And see now it’s easy for Doc to do his job. And then you give credit to [GM] Danny Ainge. That’s the one you give credit to. Because I know multiple times [Ainge] had to talk to Doc, just to say 'Hey, Doc, leave 'em alone. Hey, Doc, ease up.'"
Davis said Rivers is a "great guy," but Davis clearly thinks people give Rivers too much credit. He confirmed that belief after Broussard asked, "Is he overrated as a coach?" to which Davis responded, "I think so."
Say it ain't so Big Baby, say it ain't so! Are you implying that there is no such thing as great basketball coaches without great basketball players?! Wait, and does that mean that the coaches that aren't put in a position to work with superior talent are actually undervalued?! Shit, I'm going to have to give Phil Jackson a call. Hopefully he can reference the ten rings he won all by his lonesome and shed some light on this whole mess. Here I was thinking that leadership and skill were both requirements for success, but the bench player that spent a vast majority of his career playing under Doc Rivers just taught me they are - indeed - mutually exclusive by shitting all over his former coach's biggest accomplishment nine years after the fact.
Safe to say Glen Davis' time in Los Angeles came to a bitter end, huh? What he's saying is definitely rooted in truth, but it's also completely out of the blue and a direct shot at the man who was responsible for cutting him from his last professional gig. Doc Rivers was undoubtedly lucky to have the original 'Big 3' at his disposal, but he's no luckier than any other asshole that took the reigns to a Championship caliber roster. Does anyone think that Tyronn Lue is a brilliant basketball mind, orrrrr did he just fall ass backwards into becoming LeBron's new puppet after the last guy got canned? Can't help but wonder whether or not Steve Kerr is "overrated" when his team went undefeated throughout the first 19 games of last season with Luke Walton at the helm. Sans Gregg Popovich, the NBA is full of coaches whose reputations are dependent on sharing a locker room with superstars. That's not even close to being a new phenomenon, and that's why Glen Davis should check himself - maybe then he would realize that his grudge is showing.