Glen Davis complained about his role before practices even started. Since that not-so-rare display of immaturity, Big Swoll Baby has actually thrived in the same role he worried about, producing more through three preseason games than any of his more glamorous teammates.
So Glen, are you better now than you used to be? (NESN)
“Way better,” Davis said Monday. “Immensely better. I feel like I’m a whole different player now than I used to be. When I first got here, at the beginning of my career, I was in a different realm as far as team, role. You don’t want to be in just one role — you want to be a more versatile player.”
You don’t want to be in just one role, Glen? Weren’t you frustrated just two weeks ago because you didn’t have just one role? Oh, well. I’m not even going to try to get into that.
Versatile Davis is. He gets upset by his ever-evolving role, but the fact that he can chameleon his way into many capacities helps the Celtics immensely. He’s been the pick-and-pop guy, and he’s banged down low. He can swish a 17-footer on one possession and drill a jump hook the next. He can play alongside centers or power forwards, and he can defend anybody from Rashard Lewis to Dwight Howard. Off the bench, that type of versatility can be a dangerous weapon.
“I’m going into my fourth year,” Davis said. “You go into your rookie year, and you have no clue what you’re doing. You go into your second year, you have a little bit of an understanding of what you’re doing. You go into your third year, and you kind of know what you’re doing.
“But you go into your fourth year, and you know what you’re doing.” …
“I’ve grown tremendously with the help of Doc, and being around a lot of veterans,” Davis said. “I’ve come to understand the game more.”
Way better. Immensely better. Versatile. Understands the game more. Is Big Baby growing up a little?
On the court, at the very least.
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