How quickly does the offseason begin?
Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis spent a couple minutes answering questions about Boston’s Game 7 loss to the Orlando Magic before the conversation turned to his future as the soon-to-be third-year big man prepares to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
But before we delve into Davis’s future, here’s his take on Sunday’s loss to Orlando.
“We didn’t play Celtics basketball,” said Davis. “We felt like the better team, but we didn’t play like that today.
“I just thought we were breaking down defensively. That’s not what we do.”
Davis, who blossomed in a postseason were he averaged 16 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 36.8 minutes of play entering Sunday’s game, still took pride in what the Celtics accomplished, particularly in the absence of Kevin Garnett.
“I am proud, through all the bumps and bruises, we still went out there and fought,” said Davis. “We did some great things. But I also know we should be playing in the conference finals.
“Kevin’s a big part of this team… without him, it’s tough. I’m not using that as an excuse. The opportunity was there for me to close, to get us to the (Eastern Conference) finals and it’s something I need to look back at this summer and use as motivation to work harder. The opportunity is always there and next time I need to be more prepared and ready to take my game to another level.”
So will that opportunity come in Boston?
“I don’t know… it’s too early to know right now,” said Davis. “I love Boston. It’s a wonderful place. But if the opportunity is here, it’s here. If it’s somewhere else, it’s somewhere else. I have to go where the opportunity is.
“I love it here, the city, the fans,” said Davis. “The coaching staff has been a really important part of my game, helped me, first, as a player. This is my first start here, and I’m always going to have that Celtics pride. We won a championship here. I hope that it works out for the best.”
Davis was then asked about the potential for the Celtics to get back to championship-caliber basketball next season, particularly if he was back in Boston, and he seemed to hint he’d even be OK resuming his role off the bench.
“Yeah, especially with my confidence coming off the bench, understanding the game even more,” said Davis. “With Paul (Pierce), a hungrier Kevin (Garnett), it’s going to be hard to beat us.”