LSU Beat has a good article on "Big Baby" Glenn Davis. Like two other big men on the Celtics, Perk and Powe, Davis had a rough time growing up and has had to overcome much to get to where he is.
Davis' mother Toyna Davis was as disappointed as her son but put on a stiff upper lip. "It's more adversity for him," she said. "He's used to that." Davis spent a lot of his childhood in and out of foster homes and the homes of relatives as his mother was often in jail for drug-related charges. "He's come back from a lot of things," his mother said.
Collins Temple, who helped to raise Davis had this to add.
"I'm not disappointed, but I'm surprised," Temple said. "He'll be fine. He's just a player or two away from the first round. He knows what he's got to do. This will make him hungry because he's mad."
He had worked out for 14 teams prior to the draft, but Boston was not one of them. His agent was given a guarantee from two teams that he would be taken in the first round but obviously they didn't keep their promises.
"Two teams guaranteed me they would take him in the first round," said Hamilton, an old friend of Davis who is a sports agent out of Baton Rouge. "I'm pretty angry about that. I think everybody gets caught up in the first round, and I tried to prepare Glen in case it didn't happen. But he's still in the top five of the second round and will have a great chance at a guaranteed contract."
It is understandable that Davis is disappointed since he expected to go in the first round. First round contracts are guaranteed but second round players have to prove themselves to earn their contracts. But Davis is ready to prove himself to Boston and make the teams who passed on him sorry they did.
"There's a difference in money," Davis said. "And as a kid you dream of being a first-round pick. But it's not over yet. The draft is only one day. I've just got to keep fighting." "I don't know a lot about their team, but I don't care," Davis said. "I just want to play. That's all I want to do. Because I'm ready."
If he keeps this attitude and catches on to Perk and Powe's work ethic, Big Baby may just be able to help the Celtics and may also make the teams who passed on him in the first round sorry they did.
2TheAdvocate also has a good article on him. After the disappointment of not being picked in the first round sunk in, Davis is reportedly upbeat and ready to show the Celtics what he can do in the Vegas Summer League.
“He’s good now. He’s back up and back to his old self,” said Collis Temple, Davis’ mentor and father figure since he was 9. “He knows what happened is really a blessing in disguise as far as the opportunity to go to a team that needs some help. He’s ready to show the Celtics what he can do.” The wait to do so won’t be long. Davis flies Sunday to Boston, meets the media there Monday and then flies to Las Vegas with fellow draft pick Gabe Pruitt from Southern California to participate in the Reebok NBA Summer League.
Davis and his agent have already been in talks with the Celtics about how he can fit in and help the team. He will be wearing #11 for the Celtics. I think he is going to prove to be a very good addition to a team who needs big inside players.
Here is a look at the Celtics 35th pick back in 2003 while he was a senior at University HS in Baton Rouge, LA and playing in the ABCD camp, including some thoughts from our own Sebastian Telfair.
And if you thought that Antoine's wiggle was great, wait till you see "Big Baby" in action. I think I am going to like this kid.