I've always liked listening to Ryen Russillo's perspectives on things. He's hosted ESPN's NBA Today podcast the past couple of years and I always enjoy it. I think he's pretty unbiased and not sensational like a lot of his other ESPN cronies.
Anyway, the point is, he went into the Glen Davis sign and trade in today's podcast. Saying he didn't really understand why Orlando did the deal. Here's what he said:
"I laugh when the Orlando Magic do a sign and trade to pay Glen Davis about $6.5 million a year, trading out Brandon Bass. I like Bass better as a player....I'm not telling you Brandon Bass is awesome but...If you're paying $6.5 million [for Davis] this guy needs to be an important part of your team. He was a role player for the Celtics.
I know people like him because he was Big Baby and he made faces and drooled on himself and also cried on the bench, which are reasons why I don't know why you would like him, but he was kind of a fan favorite because he was goofy.
But I also think that he was one of those guys that didn't really know how he fit in. Like, he wanted more and that's good, I think we should all want more, but sometimes with a team it's just 'shut up and play' and he stopped hitting his shots. Once you stop hitting that pick and pop...I don't really know what to do with him.
He's oddly skilled in that he can't jump yet he creates a ton of space around the rim and he gets some shots back but he does have his shot blocked...a ton. He would always be in position for a charge so he got a lot of those but I guess I never really liked the player all that much.
It's a stream of conscious rant, which is pretty much par for the course with podcasts, but he makes some good points. I don't think there were many Celtics fans that were too bummed about Big Baby leaving Boston, as entertaining as he could be. Russillo also doesn't mention the breaking his thumb before the season or telling a Detroit fan to suck his...