BATON ROUGE -- Thursday night the Boston Celtics return to the NBA Finals when an old rivalry is renewed in the Boston Garden in the best of seven series.
For former LSU All-American forward, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, it’s another chance to take part in a championship series as he did in high school at University High when his team won the state championship twice (2002, 2004) and when his college Tigers went to the NCAA Final Four in 2006.
According to a Boston Globe story this week by Marc J. Spears, Davis is very appreciative of being in The Finals in his first go round in the league.
“You’ve got Ray (Allen) 12 years, P.J. (Brown) 15. This is my first year in the league,” said Davis. “To get a chance to win a championship as a rookie, they bring it up to my attention all the time that this chance is once in a lifetime sometimes. So you’ve basically got to understand the situation that you’re in, and basically be ready when it’s your time.”
Davis said he has received numerous congratulatory calls from the likes of former LSU coaches John Brady and Butch Pierre and former teammate Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls.
“I’m a lucky individual,” said Davis in the story. “A lot of people can’t say they’ve done that on every level, they’ve been on a championship team or been to the championship. So hopefully we can get this one down. I thought about that on the way back from Detroit on the plane after the game (last Friday).
“I don’t think it’s going to hit me until the first game when it says NBA Finals on the T-shirts and the jerseys and when we’re in the layup line. A lot of people don’t even get a chance to be in the conference finals. And here I am in my first year in the league being able to play in the conference finals and also be there in the Finals. It’s unbelievable to be a part of that.”
The 2006 SEC Player of the Year and first-team Wooden All-American played in 69 regular season games, averaging 13.6 minutes per game, 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds a contest. In the playoffs, Davis has appeared in 16 games, averaging 7.7 minutes per game, 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds. He is trying to be a part of an NBA Championship team for the first time since Shaquille O’Neal won the title as part of the Miami Heat in 2006.