Doc Rivers on Glen Davis losing weight: "it's like throwing a deck chair off the Queen Mary."
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) October 3, 2014
It’s the kind of comment Doc Rivers can get away with as a coach because of his relationship with his guys.
Last season the Clippers picked up Glen Davis after the Magic couldn’t trade him and waived him. He gave them 13.4 minutes, 4.2 points and 3 rebounds a game (numbers that all fell during the playoffs) — and he was a legitimate upgrade. Davis had a history with Doc Rivers from Boston and had been through the playoff wars, but his 13.1 PER was such a drop off from Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan that Rivers couldn’t lean on him much.
This season the Clippers are much better off, with Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh likely getting rotation minutes in front of Davis. Those are huge upgrades for Los Angeles.
Of course, those reduced minutes are not going to help Davis shed any more weight.