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Glen “Big Baby” Davis played for Doc Rivers with both the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers and he is definitely not a fan of the coach. Davis spoke with Chris Broussard on the “In The Zone” podcast where referred to Rivers as “Lucky as hell”, in regards to landing the big 3 of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to carry him to a championship.

Via Slam:

The conversation about Rivers began with Davis saying that he doesn’t like what Rivers is doing with the Clippers organization right now. He went on to say that he didn’t like how Rivers handled his exit from the Clippers, which was spurred by an ankle injury that Davis claims was misdiagnosed. He went on:

“When you win a championship with somebody, you don’t treat nobody like that. No matter if it’s a business or not, because it’s bigger than basketball between us, Doc. I’ve never left you at the altar. I’ve never left you at the altar. I never left. You got get Spencer Hawes, he does nothing, you gotta trade him. You got me on the bench, knowing that I could play, but you still go play Spencer Hawes… you’re just trying to cover your own butt because Spencer’s not panning out the way you want him to pan out, and I just don’t like that.”

“What Doc had in ’08 was special and he was lucky as hell. Lucky as hell. The year before that they was wearing trash bags, but then the next year they win it, now he is one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that. You know what I mean? You give credit to (Kevin Garnett.) You give credit to Paul Pierce. You give credit to Ray Allen. Those are the guys who made sure whatever Doc needed to be done, got done. […] And see now it’s easy for Doc to do his job. And then you give credit to Danny Ainge. That’s the one you give credit to. Because I know multiple times he had to talk to Doc, just to say ‘Hey Doc, leave em alone. Hey Doc, ease up.’”

While it’s clear Davis has an axe to grind with Rivers over the way his tenure with the Clippers ended, what he is saying isn’t necessarily just from being salty. Countless other people have questioned just how good of a coach Rivers is since he didn’t do much before the championship in 2008 and hasn’t done much since, despite having very talented rosters.

He does deserve credit for being someone that players respect and handling the personalities of star players but don’t count on Davis to vouch for him for the hall of fame.

Written by @IamJoeSports