But today, Davis said he wants to come back and wants to clear any ill feelings with Ainge and coach Doc Rivers. Of course, that is impossible during the NBA lockout because players are not allowed to contact team officials.
"Most definitely that’s my No. 1 priority [coming back],” he said yesterday. “See if I can come back here and play. And if can’t, go somewhere else.
"I think in a lot of situations you have to air things out. Especially with a player that’s growing. You’ve got to talk and clear things up and I think that time will come whenever the opportunity comes. I’m just trying to focus on working out.”
Davis, who looked noticeably trimmer than he did in May, averaged just 4.9 points and 39 percent shooting in the playoffs and it appeared his Celtics' run was over. But he eagerly embraced Rondo, who joined Mayor Thomas Menino (all three pictured right) in dedicating three new courts at the pickup basketball hotbed.
"There’s a lot of people who would try that, if everything goes the way it’s supposed to go [with the lockout],” he said. “I would definitely be interested, to get the experience and also to keep that edge. I just really think a lot of guys over there love to play the game. It’s not about the money. It’s about playing the game that we love.”
Glad to see Glen Davis is in decent shape. If he was not an unrestricted free-agent with millions of dollars at stake, he'd be a leading contender for the "player who packed on the most weight during the lockout" award.
Playing basketball in Europe might not be a good fit. There's too much good food over there (or so I here). He's better off in China where everyone eats fish and rice.
On Page 2, Rondo can do three push-ups.
Rondo, appearing at a Red Bull event celebrating renovations at Malcolm X Park, admitted he can't participate in full-contact basketball activities quite yet, but is making progress.
"The elbow is getting better," said Rondo. "I got another check-up on it today. It's getting there. It's still a little swollen, [but] other than that, no problem."
Rondo added that he can engage in limited contact right now, but he's not pushing it. Then he quipped, "I think I did three push-ups today."
It's been about 10 weeks since Rondo dislocated his elbow and he's still not 100%. I can't believe he was able to play with that pain. Amazing…
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