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Glen “Big Baby” Davis wants to drop his “Big Baby” nickname because he feels that he is more mature and wants everyone else to believe so as well. Well, I don’t. He has tried to drop the “Big Baby” nickname before and it didn’t happen. He is “Big Baby” and always will be, that is unless he changes his demeanor on and off the court.
How are we as fans supposed to believe that this guy is mature at all? Wasn’t it Davis who was just fined $25,000 for yelling at a fan? Oh yeah, didn’t he miss the first 27 games of the season because of a fight with an old teammate as well?
The only players that actually have nicknames in the sports world are normally the best players, or others who are in one way or another “different.” We all know the likes of Allen “The Answer” Iverson, Paul “The Truth” Pierce, Kevin “The Big Ticket” Garnett, LeBron “King James,” Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant, Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Shaquille “Shaq, The Diesel, Shaq-Fu, Big Aristotle, Wilt Chamberneezy, Officer Shaq, Big Daddy, The Big Baryshnikov” O’Neal, but we also know Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
As Forrest Gump would say, “It’s a household name.” As much as “Big Baby” wants to drop his nickname, it’s not gonna happen. It especially won’t be changed to “Uno-Uno” (Davis is No. 11) as Davis would like. Asked by a reporter if he would consider the Chad Ochocinco-like nickname he instantly thought that it would be perfect for him.
“‘Uno-Uno,’” Davis erupted in delight. “I like that, I like that. I’ll be ‘Uno-Uno,’ that’s my new name.”
Now Davis might not be the smartest person in the world, probably far from it, but he wasn’t even able to come up with his own nickname. A reporter had to do it for him. It’s not even like he was deciding over another possibility, he just instantly said that “Uno-Uno” will be his new nickname and he expects it to stick. Well, it won’t stick. Sorry Baby!
The only player in New England who could ever pass off the Spanish translation to his number is Jonathan Papelbon with “Cinco-Ocho.” This is because Papelbon has the talent to go along with his large personality, plus it is the exact opposite of Ochocinco’s name, which bodes well with making it fun.
“I’ve been called ‘Big Baby’ all through my life,” said Davis. “But I’m going through changes. I’m in a cocoon and I’m coming out a different player, a different person. Basically, the new person is growth. I’m shedding that ‘Big Baby’ and you can see something else, not the past.”
Well all I have seen lately is the same old “Big Baby,” except that he isn’t playing as well as he did last year in the playoffs when he was filling in for Garnett. Last year in the playoffs, was Davis’ time to shine and he did, but only a couple months later he was making news for all the wrong reasons and hurt a good thing he had going.
Davis did change his image last year by being a different player and doing things he never normally did in games, but sometimes he just takes it too far. Like when he shoved a 12-year-old after hitting a buzzer-beater in Orlando, but things like that are out of emotion and coach Doc Rivers believes that Davis’ emotions can sometimes just get in his way.
“We’ll all learn from our mistakes, at least I hope we learn from them, and I think he can,” said Rivers. “Usually his mistakes come from emotion. You hope he matures, learns from that. His mistakes are nothing calculated, it rarely is, it’s all emotional.”
People also won’t forget about the time Garnett yelled at Davis and he was seen crying on the bench seconds later. If Davis keeps letting his emotions get to him then his nickname is never going to change and I don’t expect it to. “Big Baby” is the perfect nickname for him and should continue to be.
“Sometimes, in the game of basketball, you kind of show your emotions in a different way, just like when you go to work and you get a staple in your hand or your boss is messing with you,” he said. “In my job, it’s just a different experience. I’m a young guy who is trying to learn how to live life in this sport and adapt to this lifestyle. There are some tough bumps. The Celtics have done a great job of sticking with me and understanding.”
Staple in your hand??? What is he even talking about? The best way for Davis to get a name change is stop making comments like that. Matter of fact, he should just stop talking to the press completely. That quote should go down as one of the all-time worst by an athlete, and I like Davis so I’m trying to be nice.
The guy is 24 years old and has been in the league for three years already but he still needs to learn how to live the NBA life? I just don’t get it. LeBron did it when he was 18 years old and so did Kobe. “Big Baby” just needs to be quiet sometimes and just play the game.
This season, he is averaging 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and is shooting a career-low 43.3% from the field. Since Davis has been hampered by the injury to his thumb he has not performed well, but if he continues to play and stay healthy then there is a chance he could mature in the second half of the the season. Of course he would need to play more and prove everyone wrong by being a mature person mainly on court because that is who most people see.
He also has to prove to Danny Ainge that he wasn’t a mistake to bring back after signing an extension last summer for two more years. If by this time next year he is an all-star, I would maybe consider calling him “Uno-Uno,” but for now he will always be “Big Baby.”