Another day, another nice piece by Jessica Camerato about old friends. This one’s about Big Baby and the newest Celtic, Oliver Lafayette.
Glen Davis got a surprise when he arrived at TD Garden on Wednesday.
He entered the locker room and saw his childhood friend, Oliver Lafayette … in Celtics warmup gear?
“I walked in and I was like, ‘What’s up man?! Baton Rouge!’” Davis exclaimed.
Davis and Lafayette have known each other since elementary school and played AAU basketball together in Louisiana. Unbeknown to Davis, Lafayette had recently signed with the Celtics. The former D-League standout received the call just two days ago while he was driving to Baton Rogue.
It’s nice to hear that Lafayette has somebody to talk to on the C’s, but what we really care about is his play. While we got a nice glimpse of his potential in his solid debut last night (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) Davis tried his best to inform us what we should expect going forward.
“He’s a scorer,” said Davis. “He’s a scoring point guard. He can play the point, he can play the one, play the two. He’s efficient with his jumpshot, playing defense, he’d be good for our team.” [...]
“He’s a great guy, a wonderful player. I think he’s a great player, actually,” he said. “Oliver, I’ve always though of like a late-bloomer as far as his opportunities. He played high school at Capitol High School … he went to [junior college], every time it was a late-bloomer. He went to University of Houston, played great over there, and now he’s just finally really getting his opportunity.”
And Lafayette was quite excited to get that opportunity.
“My agent called me and told me Danny Ainge had called him. When he called me, I almost ran off the road driving,” Lafayette said before suiting up for his first Celtics game. “I had to pull over for like an hour or two. I had to regroup myself. I called my mother and told her the good news.”
With Nate Robinson in Doc Rivers’ doghouse and no other backup point guard on the roster for next year, the job might be Lafayette’s… if he earns it.