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Big Baby grows up some during lockout

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The lockout is not easy on players. Taking away basketball has taken them out of their rhythms, soon will be taking away paychecks and left them wondering what is next. Nobody likes an uncertain future.

But for Glen Davis — Boston’s “Big Baby” — it has been more than that. The lockout took away the acceptance he has craved his whole life, and it forced him to be introspective and think himself in a new way.

Davis lets it all out in a fascinating interview handled very well by Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com.

“I want to be a part of something and I want people to accept me so bad, I kind of got caught up in what other people think. Instead of pleasing myself and being the player I am, I wanted to please other people. And I couldn’t do that because I hadn’t come to grips with myself.”

The other people he tried to please, the people he wanted acceptance from where his teammates and coach, as well as the fans. Basketball was his social network, his second family, and it was where he got validation.

“I would have to say [it is important to me to please others] just because of the way people perceive me to be,” he said. “They perceive me to be this fat guy who’s kind of just making it in the league, he’s just here. I want people to like me. I want people to say, ‘Hey this boy can really play, he can play the game, he is a great player.’

“I just want people to love me, to love Big Baby. That’s why I try to have people remember me for my personality, for who I am as a person, outgoing, having fun. I just want to be accepted.

“That’s just something I’ve learned in the offseason — a lot of people might not like you. You have to love yourself because at the end of the day when it’s all said and done, nobody’s going to take care of Glen but Glen. It’s just all about growing up. I’ve grown a lot this offseason and hopefully it will help me with my career.”

That career will not go to China next, Davis said talks with a Chinese team got very serious but in the end he didn’t want to go.

But where it will go is not known — Davis is a free agent. He says he’d like to stay in Boston but realizes he could land just about anywhere next year. He’s come to grips with that, too. And he wants to bring a mature Big Baby to his next team.

Video: Harden, Von Wafer highlights from Louisiana

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Last weekend was the Lake Charles Tournament of the Star in Lake Charles, Louisiana. That’s old school Cajun country where you can get some tasty alligator dishes at local restaurants.

And each summer, you can see some pretty good run at Tournament of the Stars pro-am. This year Glen “Big Baby” Davis was there, Von Wafer and T.J. Ford were there, and James Harden was representing the West Coast.

Below are the highlights, courtesy Hoopmixtape (via SLAM). My favorite moment is Big Baby going Sam Cassell. Watch and see.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis catches, eats some lobster

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It’s Friday night, the last thing you want to read right now is another lengthy breakdown of how the NBA owners and players can’t decide how to divide up your money.

So let’s go lobster fishing in Maine with Glen “Big Baby” Davis of the Boston Celtics (well, formerly of the Celtics, he’s a free agent now). Seriously. Watch the video (via I am a GM), Davis catches and eats some lobster. And gets sentimental and tries to tie it into the NBA a little. But mostly it’s about lobster.

I’m jealous — some of the best meals I’ve ever had are at lobster pounds in Maine. It’s as fresh as it gets, just simple and beautiful food. I wish I were there right now. Man, now I’m hungry…

Glen Davis wants to stay with Celtics, but…

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Glen Davis is going to be a free agent at midnight. Not that he can do much about it, not until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place.

Whenever that does happen, Davis told the Boston Herald he wants to remain with the Celtics. But things are far too unpredictable right now…

“Man, I do (want to stay with Boston),” Davis said yesterday. “Do you know how much I’ve grown and learned with those guys? I want to keep playing with Ray (Allen) and Paul (Pierce) until they leave.”

Too much is unknown, though. In Ainge’s quest to find a capable big man this summer, Davis is probably the Celtics’ best chip in a sign-and-trade deal.

“I’m preparing like it’s any other summer, because you never know with the CBA,” Davis said. “As soon as that deal is done, free agents are going to be going like crazy to get signed. But there’s no way to gauge what (a contract) is worth.”

That’s assuming sign-and-trades are even allowed in the new CBA (a lot of owners want to do away with them). But the idea is still the same, nobody is able to predict what is ahead.

Davis also is open in this interview — as he was in previous ones — about seeing a sports psychologist. Davis realizes he was not effective in the playoffs, that he struggled with how he was used, and that it was on him (not Doc Rivers) to adjust. He’s going to come out of this a better player on the other end. Wherever he lands.

Big Baby blogging about summer workout regimen

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Glen “Big Baby” Davis, welcome to the world of blogging. We welcome you with open arms even if we are fairly sure you are not in your underwear in your mother’s basement. (And if you are, well, we don’t really want to picture that.)

Davis has started blogging about his offseason workout regimen at his new site, www.iambigbaby.com. (Via Jessica Camerato at CSN New England.) And yes, cynical Boston fans he does have an offseason workout regimen. He’s using his flip cam to record those workouts.

Big baby is a pretty entertaining personality, this should be worth following.

Davis is also an unrestricted free agent this summer (well, after the lockout) which could make this even more interesting. We’ll see how forthcoming he is about everything, but his thoughts about who is courting him, given from the Stairmaster ala Mark Cuban, would make this a lot more watchable than seeing an NBA player sweat. Unless his workout involves carrying Nate Robinson around on his back.