According to rumors, he somehow gained 15-20 pounds last year during the season. My first time in Boston’s locker room — true story — he ate a cheeseburger and french fries one hour before playing the Dallas Mavericks. He’s called Big Baby, emphasis on Big, but Glen Davis told the Boston Herald he’s eating better and getting in shape.
He’s now inspired enough to attempt his own cookbook.
“It’s in progress, and I’m doing it for my foundation,” he said of the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation. “I’ve had this idea for a long time, but I had to come to grips with myself first.
“I had to realize that the eating habits I grew up with aren’t good for me. What scares me the most — rest in peace — is the story of Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor.”
Traylor, the late NBA forward who died of a heart attack in May, had a beefy 6-foot-8, 290-pound build, very similar to that of Davis.
“Everything the article said, I felt they could have been talking about me,” he said. “They said he was a loving, caring guy. That’s me.
“I’m doing this not because I’m a free agent now, but because I’m trying to make a life change — just make a different life for myself. Food has been a way of entertainment for me, a comfort.”
Some foods obviously had to go. The first?
“No more bread,” he said.
I’ll believe it when I see it. Every summer, it seems, Davis vows to cut weight. He tried mixed martial arts one year. He’s done defensive shuffles up a hill. He spent an entire summer in Las Vegas. But the season inevitably comes, and Big Baby returns with a gut, just like usual.
He’s a free agent now, so things could be different. Maybe he’s serious about earning a big payday. Maybe he really was affected by Tractor Traylor’s passing. Maybe he’ll return from the lockout slimmer than ever.
But no amount of talk can change Davis’ history. Until he proves otherwise, he’s still the No. 1 pick in the “Most Likely To Eat Himself Out Of A Career During The NBA Lockout” fantasy draft.*
*Sincere apologies to Jerome James, who technically ate himself out of a career long ago.