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Big Baby likes starting, getting out of Garnett’s shadow

Dec 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

Glen Davis AP

Glen Davis has his ring. He’s had his moments in the sun. He’s done the Shrek and Donkey thing on a national stage.

Now, he wants to play a bigger role.

That wasn’t happening in Boston where Kevin Garnett will start at the four until he can no longer clap in the face of smaller guards. Which is why Big Baby told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida he is happy to be in Orlando now.

“My whole career, I was playing behind KG, and I don’t think people really were able to see what I can do,” Davis said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. “The times that I didn’t have to play behind KG, I did a great job. Now, I’m (with the Magic), and I have an opportunity to be a starter, and I’m just embracing the moment.”

For most players, the progression is they are focused on getting their minutes and their points — and their money — at the start of their careers then after a while they start to think about legacy and rings. But for players like Davis, dropped as a young player into a winning situation, the pattern can reverse.

Davis came to Orlando in a swap for Brandon Bass. If Davis can control is weight and stay in shape, he’s going to get chances — post defenders against Orlando tend to focus on Dwight Howard. (At least for now.)

Davis is getting the chance he wanted. Just be careful what you wish for sometimes.

  1. dirtydavis - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    G. Davis is in shape by the look of this Pic. This guy has heart, play’s for the “W” and a blue collar style to go with his game which a lot of these player lack ( please see LBJ, M. Beasley, T. McGee, A Blatche, N. Robinson, A. Stoudemire, M. Ellis, K. Martin, R. Stuckey, B. Gordon, B. Lopez, C. Boozer, S. Hawes, R. Sessions, C. Magette, J. Valanciunas, T-Mac, A.J. Price, D. Gooden, C. Butler, E. Barron, J. Schimt, D. Michaels, D. Harris, K. Delk, S. Ellefson, C. Martinear, J.L. Butler, S. Hemmerick, M. Merrill. S. Brown, P. Nguyen, L. Lewis, C. Shelby, M. Dwiko, L. Stout, J. Curry, K. Schepak, O. Mvuemba, B Johnson and J.A. Wilcuts)

  2. bozosforall - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Nice to be able to finally root for him.

  3. salbutara - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    So….he didn’t have a chance to show what he could do coming off the bench last year in the playoffs when he shot 30%?

    • stoutfiles - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      You mean what Kobe normally shoots? The only difference is he doesn’t shoot 50 times a game like Kobe to get 30 points.

  4. pellypell - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    “Baby” steps.

  5. thenmoveback - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Blue collar ? This guy acts like a jack ass on the court. not a bad player average at best but way to immature.

  6. cosmicatomic - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Lame excuse. KG is aging and Baby would have had plenty of opportunities. I bet Bass has a better season even though he’s “stuck in Garnett’s shadow”.

  7. sportsfan412 - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Good Luck, Orlando…. he can’t handle adversity and will crumble when the pressure is on…

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