Clippers Coach Doc Rivers Throws Glen 'Big Baby' Davis Out Of Saturday's Game Against Rockets
Los Angeles Clipplers head coach Doc Rivers threw forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis out of Saturday night's game against the Houston Rockets after a heated altercation ensued between the two.
Early in the second quarter, Rivers pulled Davis out of the game to sit on the bench, a move that upset the 6-foot-9, six-year veteran. Davis expressed his frustration by yelling at coach Rivers, who fired back and said, "Sit your big ... down."
The Clippers were down double-digits with more than 10 minutes to left in the half and, with the team's star forward Blake Griffin having left the game in the first quarter because of back spasms, Rivers was in no mood to Davis's temper.
Clippers Assistant Coach Alvin Gentry tried talking with Davis before Rivers had heard enough and had the team's security personnel escort Davis into the locker room and out the game for the remainder of the evening.
"He was emotional tonight, and we told him to go sit down," Rivers said in a post-game interview. "I just thought he was a distraction, and when guys are a distraction, I don't think they should be on the bench. If you're a distraction for anybody on the bench that should be paying attention to the game, then go sit in the back so our guys can watch the game."
Davis had only played for four minutes in Saturday's game at the Toyota Center in Houston and was zero for two field goal attempts. Davis has held a season average of 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Both teams were underhanded for Saturday night as Clippers' Danny Granger was out due to hamstring injury followed by Griffin's injury and Davis's disciplinary action. The Rockets' star center Dwight Howard would also sit out because of a sore ankle as his team ended up losing 118-107.
Rivers and Davis have worked together for almost five years have won a championship during their time on the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals. The pair would also return to the 2010 NBA Finals, only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game series.
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