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Davis: I don’t think about contract

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  August 16, 2010 04:13 PM

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Glen Davis was in Salem this morning at the Plummer Home for Boys. The Celtics and RE/MAX gave the group home a basketball court renovation this morning. Davis stopped by to break the new court in and play around with some of the kids. While he was there, he talked a little basketball, from Shaq to his contract situation to his own expectations for this season.

On Shaquille O'Neal:
He’s going to mesh well. He’s a veteran, he understands, and he wants to win. That’s what it’s all about. Any guy that wants to win, you can play on our team. Shaq, believe it or not, he’s still a force. He’s still somebody you have to pay attention to.

Believe it or not, Shaq and Kevin Garnett were my favorite players growing up, and the opportunity to play on a team with both of those guys is unbelievable. Good things keep happening to me. Shaq, KG, the addition of Rasheed [last season], I’m just looking forward to becoming a better player.

On Celtics president Danny Ainge having high expectations for him this year:
This is the year of finally hitting that line of maturity of finally becoming that player that I knew I could be. This is the year of just all-around. Throughout my career, my three years being here, it’s been up and down. When I play, you’ve seen glimpses, like, ‘Wow, this guy could start. Or come off the bench.’ Glimpses up and down. But this is the year of Glen becoming that whole player that 10 years down the road, eight years down the road will hopefully be an all-star.

On being in a contract year:
I don’t think about contract. When you think about contract, that’s when you really don’t focus on what you need to focus on. I’m just trying to focus on helping my team get back to the Finals and winning it.

On what the Celtics need to improve next year:
More of a sense of urgency throughout the year, but at the same time being healthy. Because being [injured] kind of hurt us. Also, having a sense of urgency hurt us because we didn’t have it as much as we should have. We’ve got some things to work on. We know we’re capable of getting there.

On playing in the shadow of Hall of Famers
I just try to look at the fact that Kevin Garnett is in front of me, and he’s going to be a Hall of Famer one day. Learning from him, because I’m young. I have a lot of years to play. But I’m going to get my opportunity. Things happen, people go down – we don’t want that – but at the same time my opportunity will come and when my opportunity comes, people will know that I can play the game at a high level. I’m not worried about who I’m playing behind, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can so when my opportunity comes to lead a team to the Finals, I’ll be ready.

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