During the peak years of Glen “Big Baby” Davis’ career, he was a vital piece for Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics. Back in 2008, the mid-range assassin helped Boston earn their first NBA championship in 22 years.
To make things even sweeter, Boston did it by taking down rival Los Angeles in six games. Rivers and Big Baby eventually wound up splitting up, but not for long. The two would up reuniting as members of the Clippers organization.
However, the pairing didn’t last long as Davis was released after a season and a half.
Ever since Rivers became an NBA champion, fans and media alike have catapulted Rivers up on the list of great coaches. While the Clippers have been unable to get to the NBA Finals, they’ve been steady contenders since Rivers came to town.
With that being said, Davis isn’t buying it at all. The NBA free agent joined FOX Sports Chris Broussard on his In the Zone podcast and he didn’t hold back his opinion of his former coach.
“What Doc had in ’08 was special, and he was lucky as hell,” Davis said. “The year before that, they were wearing trash bags. But then the next year, they win it, now he’s one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that.
“You give credit to K.G. 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.”
Some may call this bitterness or hating, but Davis makes some great points here. Before Rivers started coaching future hall of fame caliber players, he’s never even sniffed the NBA Finals. Keep in mind, Rivers was a head coach for eight seasons prior to the 2007-2008 campaign.
To listen to Big Baby’s remarks, listen here.