Glen Davis has gotten T’d up once in each of the Magic’s last four games, which is something I was unaware of because there is no way I’m going to watch a team that’s lost six straight and 17 of their last 19 closely enough that I notice and remember when one of their players gets a technical in a bunch of games in a row. Unless that team is the Lakers, zing.
Nonetheless, that has happened, and now Big Baby is vowing to go silent so that he doesn’t cost himself any more money. From the Orlando Sentinel:
“I’m not going to say ‘Hi,’ ” he pledged. “I’m not going to say, ‘How are you doing?’ I’m just going to come here and play. That’s it because it’s been messing up my game, messing up the flow of my game, and I’ve got to grow up.”
“You can’t just think that I am stronger than everybody else,” he said. “If people foul you, they foul you. You know what I mean? Yeah, I don’t jump high. I go straight to the rim. But I’m not going to complain if there’s not a foul. The refs know that. But I’ve got to blend in with the game and let them do what they need to do. So I just need to shut up.”
Ah yes, the classic “Big Man’s Gambit” where they mention that they’re going to stop complaining about fouls while simultaneously complaining that they don’t get calls because it looks like they’re too big to get fouled. It’s a vintage move, popularized by Shaquille O’Neal in the 1990s and used by Dwight Howard in recent years, so it’s pretty cool to see this sort of thing still happening in Orlando. It’s just feels right.
Plus, Glen Davis is 53rd among forwards and centers who have played at least 250 in free throw attempts per 36 minutes, behind guys like Ryan Hollins and Greg Smith, so maybe he has a bit of a complaint here. Or maybe, taking nearly as many shots from 16-23 feet (4.2 per game) as at the rim (4.8) is hurting his ability to draw fouls/increasing his ability to get angry when he doesn’t get a foul call. I don’t know.
What I do know, however, is that a quiet Glen Davis is a sad Glen Davis. I mean, if he’s serious about shutting up, how will we ever enjoy great moments like this?
Let’s hope this vow of silence doesn’t last, like when Big Baby tried to convince everyone to call him “Uno Uno.” That didn’t stick and I’m willing to guess this won’t either. Babies stay fussy.