DO YOU KNOW GLEN DAVIS?
Here are five things you may or may not have known about new Clippers forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis:
1. Davis got the nickname “Big Baby” when he was 9 years old. He was playing on a senior football team in his hometown of Baton Rouge instead of the pee-wee division and his coach said, “You’re on a senior team. You need to stop acting like a big baby.” Davis said once he got to middle school the nickname spread like “wildfire.”
2. He is the only player on the Clippers 14-man roster who has won an NBA championship (2008 with the Celtics). However, he went on to play for the Orlando Magic with Hedo Turkoglu and J.J. Redick, who both defeated Davis and the Celtics on their way to the 2009 NBA Finals. The Magic lost to the Lakers in five games that season. Davis would join the Magic two years later.
3. Davis, who grew up in Baton Rouge, attended LSU and led the Tigers to the Final Four in 2006. However, he had a memorable encounter with a famous LSU alum a half decade earlier. When Davis was 15 he met Shaquille O’Neal on the LSU campus and on a “mutual whim” the two began wrestling. Davis picked up the 7-foot-1 NBA great and body slammed him, leaving a lasting impression on O’Neal.
4. He auditioned for the part of Michael Oher in the Academy Award nominated film “The Blind Side.” According to WEEI in Boston, Davis was approached about the role in 2007 during his rookie season with the Celtics. He had acting experience, participating in improvisation shows during his two years at LSU, and came close to nabbing the part that eventually went to Quntion Aaron.
5. Prior to the 2012-13 season, Davis recorded a song called “Big Baby Gon’ Turn It Up.” The track was being played in the Clippers’ locker room following their 142-94 win over the Lakers on Mar. 6 and several players, including Danny Granger, were singing the hook. Listen to Davis’ song here.