Glen Davis: Doc Rivers Is Overrated, ‘Lucky’ to Be Carried to 2008 Celtics Championship

Bryan Brandom
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Glen Davis won an NBA championship as a rookie with the 2007-08 Boston Celtics.

He stuck around for four seasons, all under head coach Doc Rivers. The pair reuinited two and a half years later, when the man they call Big Baby was signed by Rivers, now the head coach and GM of the Los Angeles Clippers.

But despite their familiarity, Davis doesn't think much of Rivers as a coach. In an interview with Fox Sports' Chris Broussard, Davis said Rivers was lucky to be in a position to win a championship and that credit should go to stars Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett, as well as general manager Danny Ainge.

"What Doc had in '08 was special and he was lucky as hell. Lucky as hell. The year before that they was wearing trash bags, but then the next year they win it, now he is one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that. You know what I mean? You give credit to KG. You give credit to Paul Pierce. You give credit to Ray Allen. Those are the guys who made sure whatever Doc needed to be done, got done.

"And see now it’s easy for Doc to do his job. And then you give credit to Danny Ainge. That’s the one you give credit to. Because I know multiple times he had to talk to Doc, just to say 'Hey Doc, leave em alone. Hey Doc, ease up.'"

It would appear, however, that at least some of Big Baby's bitterness toward his former coach stems from the power forward's unceremonious exit from the Clippers, a result of an ankle injury that, according to Davis, was misdiagnosed.

"When you win a championship with somebody, you don’t treat nobody like that," Davis said. "No matter if it’s a business or not, because it’s bigger than basketball between us, Doc. I’ve never left you at the altar. I’ve never left you at the altar. I never left. You got get Spencer Hawes, he does nothing, you gotta trade him. You got me on the bench, knowing that I could play, but you still go play Spencer Hawes … you’re just trying to cover your own butt because Spencer’s not panning out the way you want him to pan out, and I just don’t like that."

For a guy who doesn't want to be associated with babies, Glen Davis sure does whine a lot.

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