Glen Davis Puts Toughness on Display

Glen Davis

By John Denton
Dec. 16, 2013

CHICAGO – Told that he was officially listed as a game-time decision to play Monday night because of a shoulder injury he suffered a night earlier, Orlando Magic forward Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis smirked and shook his head in mock disgust.

There was no way that Davis was missing the game, he said.

Davis crashed into the basket stanchion so hard on Sunday night in Oklahoma City that it caused his left shoulder to briefly pop out of place. The shoulder is still somewhat unstable from a separation he suffered last December after getting hit across the arms by Washington center Emeka Okafor.

``It happens a lot,’’ Davis said of his troublesome shoulder. ``(The shoulder) is never the same.’’

Davis hit the basket stanchion late in the fourth quarter of Orlando’s 101-98 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday night. He briefly came out of the game and massaged the joint back in place. Then, he said he was ready to go back into the game and was used to set a pick on a last-second play to try and free up Arron Afflalo for a potential tying 3-pointer. When the play broke down, Davis – who had recently made three buzzer-beating 3-pointers – had to heave up a 3-pointer that was woefully short.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was still impressed with the toughness of Davis to want to go back into a game with a sore shoulder. And he marveled at the professionalism of a player who referred to the injury as ``a boo boo’’ and refused to sit out Monday night’s game.

``I wouldn’t expect anything less of him,’’ Vaughn said of Davis. ``He’s tough and he’s competitive. He wanted to win and do what was necessary at that moment and worry about the consequences later. He’s a tea-first guy and that explains him.’’

HOOSIER HYSTERIA: It’s become almost a tradition now when the Magic go on the road that rookie Victor Oladipo spends a chunk of his time during the pregame signing autographs and taking pictures with members of Indiana University’s fan clubs and alumni associations.

When Orlando opened the regular season in Indianapolis, nearly 300 Hoosiers fans arrived early for a meet-and-greet with the Magic rookie. There were another 150 Hoosiers fans in Charlotte last week to watch Oladipo face off against Cody Zeller, two former IU teammates.

On Monday, Oladipo met with approximately 75 crimson-clad IU fans that had made the three-hour drive from Bloomington, Ind., to Chicago. Oladipo said it following that he has just goes to show the nationwide appeal of Indiana University basketball.

``They’re everywhere. We’ve got a very large fan base and alumni base, especially in Chicago because my school is only three hours away from here. A lot of IU kids are from Chicago and there will be a lot of them out here tonight,’’ Oladipo said. ``It’s always fun to see (IU fans) even in random cities like Oklahoma City. … It’s hard not to see those (candy-striped IU pants) because they really stand out. No one really has candy-striped pants but us, so it’s pretty cool.’’

As Oladipo was taking a picture with Indiana fans prior to Monday’s game, Magic guard Doron Lamb walked over and taunted his teammate by saying, ``He didn’t even win ya’ll a (championship) ring.’’ Lamb was a part of the University of Kentucky’s 2012 national championship squad.