The NBA Finals are finally back after a long, protracted break from basketball. What better way to celebrate the return of some bball than some NBA beef between two role players?
These beefing role players in question are Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who’s been out of the league since 2015 despite being just 31 years old, and Austin Rivers, who plays for his own dad, Big Baby’s former head coach Doc Rivers.
This beef goes back a little while.
In February, Big Baby went on Chris Broussard’s radio show (I didn’t know he had one either) and basically said Doc Rivers was an asshole who screwed up Big Baby’s career:
“We had something in ’08 and that was it. You know what I mean? That’s what that is. So far, like, I didn’t like how the way he handled me on my exit. Yeah, hold yourself accountable, but at the same time I had a broken ankle. I won a championship with you and you don’t even really call me. I’ve got to beg you to call me. My agent has to beg you to call me … My ankle was broke. My ankle was broke. And they’re shooting me up, shooting me up, shooting me up every day to play. My ankle was broke.”
It seems like Baby has some legit beef with Doc Rivers, if his coach played him while he had a broken ankle and never calls him, that’s a pretty fucked up situation.
That was in February.
Everything seemed pretty much over with regards to the Baby vs. Doc beef.
Then Doc Rivers’ large adult son went on FS1’s number one show for race-baiting, Undisputed and basically ran his mouth off about something that has nothing to do with him:
“And I don’t have a problem with Baby. Me and Baby have always been cool. But it makes no sense to what he’s doing, and whatever he has between him and his pops—my pops said the jokes about his weight and stuff. It was hard. Let me ask you something: If someone is constantly out of shape, late, don’t remember plays, how the hell are you supposed to play him?”
These comments didn’t sit well with Baby.
While vacationing in Hawaii, Big Baby took to Instagram to fire back at Austin Rivers in a pretty cold clapback.
A transcript of Baby’s ramblings:
“I’m in Hawaii minding my own business, and I look over on Undisupted and I see old punk-ass Austin Rivers talking shit. C’mon man. Yeah I might’ve been overweight, a little bit. Probably late for one or two practices. C’mon man. Don’t know the plays? C’mon bruh, you’re lying now, bruh. Now you’re fucking lying. C’mon now, man. Now that’s a fucking lie.
Second of all, your father gave you your money. How can you—like, don’t say shit to me. Your father gave you your money. You ain’t work for it, motherfucker. Type of shit—I was there. I seen you at practice. You didn’t give a fuck, thinking you all that wearing them tight ass pants and you know, your father gave you all that money, so you can go wear those tight-ass pants, but keep your fucking mouth closed, man. Shut up, man. You’re a fucking bum who’s been given the world. Shut up, and just stay under your father.”
That seems like the logical conclusion to this particular war of words. Don’t think there’s much coming back from that if you’re Austin Rivers.
The actual games are cool, but there is truly nothing like some juicy, slow-cooked, petty NBA beef.