Forget Another Big Man: Livingston Injured in Loss to Warriors

By Lenn Robbins | @lennrobbins

February 22, 2014

OAKLAND -- By Lenn Robbins - Kevin Garnett will not send flowers or chocolates to Glen 'Big Baby' Davis.

But he has spoken to the free agent power forward, trying his best to convince Davis that the Brooklyn Nets are his best chance for NBA love.

"He's very convincing,'' Paul Pierce said of Garnett. "When he talks, people tend to listen.''

"The situation with Big Baby, he was like Kevin's little brother. He wasn't just a teammate. They were really close.''

Davis, Garnett and Pierce were teammates with the Boston Celtics - won an NBA title together in 2008. That's a strong bond.

But the Nets face fierce competition.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, the coach of that 2008 Boston team, might also be romancing Big Baby. The Clippers are looking at adding a big man and Davis is on their wish list, according to published reports.

The Courtship of Big Baby – soon to be a major motion picture – is on.

"I guess Baby's a hot commodity now,'' said Garnett.

Sure is. The Nets need another big man after trading away Reggie Evans. They also might need another point guard, at least in the short term.

Shaun Livingston, who has to be in the discussion for the team's MVP, crashed hard to the Oracle Arena court in the first quarter of Saturday night's 93-86 loss to the Golden Warriors.

He did not return to the game. Livingston had an X-ray at halftime that was negative.

The 6-7 point guard wasn't able to brace himself and fell heavily on his backside. It would be a stretch to see him play Sunday night against the Lakers.

After the game Livingston said he had suffered this injury once before. He said it was not serious but the day after the injury was the most problematic.

Without Livingston, Deron Williams played almost 39 magnificent minutes. He finished with 20 points and six assists. Andray Blatche added 14 points and eight boards. Jermaine O'Neal, filling in for Bogut, had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Stephen Curry's 3 off glass with 37 seconds left was the dagger.

The loss to the Warriors (34-22) reinforced the Nets (25-28) need for another big man. Golden State was playing without center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee.

The Nets still were outrebounded 50-39 and dominated in the paint where Golden State outscored the Nets 52-38.

The question as to where Davis signs might come down to this:

Who has more influence on the 6-9, 289-pound, not-so-small Baby – Garnett or Rivers?

"I've been around those guys for a few years and based on their relationships, Doc's relationship with Big Baby and Kevin's relationship with Big Baby, I would say they both have some up and down moments with Big Baby,'' said Pierce. "Hopefully Big Baby favors Kevin.''

That may be the case. KG said he speaks to Davis every 15 days. They were on the phone the day the 28-year-old Davis was being bought out.

Davis caught KG's attention in Big Baby's rookie season of 2007-08.

"His fight, his fight and his willingness to work and be better,'' KG said about what he saw in Davis. "You can tell right away when someone wants to do better you can tell right away when someone wants to learn.''

"He was very eager from Day One and I always look for that in young people. Kind of seeing yourself in someone else a little bit. And it's been like that ever since.''

The Nets are three and one-half games behind the Toronto Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division. They currently hold the sixth playoff spot in the East.

Rice could help push the Nets up the standings. So could Jason Collins, another big man the Nets are considering.

"His basketball IQ fits into what we do here,'' said pitchman Garnett "He's a talker. He communicates. He understands. He knows championship basketball. So yeah, we can definitely help us.''

When asked if he would send flowers in attempt to woo Big Baby, Garnett left. He said he wouldn't send chocolates either.

This isn't Valentine's Day. It is the Courtship of Big Baby.

"Kevin's been in his ear,'' said Pierce. "So we'll see how that goes.''

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