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Glen 'Big Baby' Davis on Doc Rivers: 'He Was Lucky as Hell'

Feuds are breaking out left and right in the NBA, just in time for All-Star break.
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Did you know Doc Rivers and Glen "Big Baby" Davis are feuding? Who has time for these things when Katy Perry and Britney Spears can't get along.

It's true, though. These two former Celtics giants appear to have had a falling-out. It all started so innocuously. Rivers made a joke this month when he saw Paul Pierce get all verklempt in his final game in Boston. He'd seen a player cry on the floor before.


"I saw Big Baby cry one time," he said—an unsubtle reference to the time Kevin Garnett made the then-rookie Davis cry on the Celtics bench. Damn, Doc.

Well, this week it was Davis's turn to talk. On Wednesday, he went on Chris Broussard's "In the Zone" podcast and retaliated.

What's the most hurtful thing you can say to a coach? Hit their legitimacy. Apparently, Davis thinks Rivers didn't do much to help Boston win the title in 2008. He went deep on it, too:

"What Doc had in '08 was special. And he was lucky as hell. Lucky as hell. The year before that they were wearing trash bags… Then the next year they win it, now he's 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 that made sure whatever Doc needed to be done got done. And so 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 them alone. Hey Doc, ease up. Like, there's points where you ease up.' I would play good games and Doc wouldn't even give me like, hey. I'd play great games and he'd be: 'Go do it again.' You know? You want to hear that, 'Hey, great job kid. Good job, man. Keep it up.' But not, 'Go do it again.' So I'm off that Doc tip, man. He's a great guy but as far as that basketball stuff, I just try to leave it."

Calling Rivers "a great guy" will obviously cool off the whole situation. Totally makes up for Davis calling him an overrated coach in the next breath.