Glen Davis Says Doc Rivers is ‘Overrated’, Deserves No Credit For Celtics ’08 Title Because He Was ‘Lucky as Hell’ (Video)
If you thought head coach Doc Rivers had a good relationship with all of his players, that was destroyed when one of his former players spoke out against him.
Former NBA player Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, who played for Doc with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, recently stated his old coach is overrated, and doesn’t really deserve much credit for the championship his Celtics won in 2008.
“What Doc had in ’08 was special,” Davis said this week on Chris Broussard’s “In the Zone” podcast, as transcribed by MassLive’s Jay King. “And he was lucky as hell. Lucky as hell. The year before that they were wearing trash bags (in the crowd). … But then the next year they win it, now he’s one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that, you know what I mean? You give credit to (Kevin Garnett). You give credit to Paul Pierce. You give credit to Ray Allen. Those are the guys that made sure whatever Doc needed to be done got done. And so now it’s easy for Doc to do his job.”
Davis, who was a rookie on that Celtics title team, went on to say that Doc is a very good person, just a poor motivator. He stated Celtics president Danny Ainge often had to get Rivers to lay off.
“I know multiple times he had to talk to Doc just to say, ‘Hey Doc, leave them alone. Hey Doc, ease up. Like, there’s points where you ease up.’ I would play good games and Doc … he’d be: ‘Go do it again.’ You know? You want to hear, ‘Hey, great job kid. Good job, man. Keep it up.’ But not, ‘Go do it again.’ So I’m off that Doc tip, man. He’s a great guy but as far as just that basketball stuff, I just try to leave (it).”
Davis’ bitterness comes from how Doc treated him while he had an ankle injury during the 2014-2015 season. That season ended horribly after the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead to the Houston Rockets, squandering their chance to play in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history.
“I don’t like his organization, what he’s doing, his teams,” Davis said of Rivers and the Clippers. “We had something in ’08 and that was it. You know what I mean? … I didn’t like how he handled me on my exit. Yeah, hold yourself accountable, but at the same time I had a broken ankle. I won a championship with you and you don’t even really call me. I’ve got to beg you to call me. My agent has to beg you to call me. …
“They pulled me to the side when I played against Houston and told me, ‘You’re not playing the way you need to play. You’re not doing this.’ My ankle was broke. My ankle was broke. And they’re shooting me up, shooting me up, shooting me up every day to play. …
“They just did an X-ray. They didn’t do an MRI. And it was just like, ‘Oh, can you run? Can you play?’ The next day they had me working out after I broke my ankle. They had me trying to play Game 7. It was crazy and I’m just not feeling that. When you win a championship with somebody, you don’t treat nobody like that. No matter if it’s a business or not, because it’s bigger than basketball between us, Doc.”