When Glen Davis emerged from the locker room area at the Celtics' practice facility Monday, the conversation was light, centering on the Louisiana native's emotions after the New Orleans Saints topped the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV the day before.
And while Davis offered a couple, "Who Dat," and spoke at length about what it means for his home state to have the Saints bring home a world title, Davis soon turned introspective and spent much of the session chatting about his own trying season.
As Davis and the Celtics trekked to New Orleans in advance of Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Davis found himself at the center of trade speculation after league sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard that Boston had talked with the Bobcats about a potential swap that would include sending Davis to Charlotte for point guard D.J. Augustin.
For Davis, it's the latest headline in a season dotted with missteps. He missed the first 27 games of the season after an off-court altercation left him with a fractured right thumb. Since his return, he's been in the spotlight more for nickname swaps ("Uno Uno") and obscene outbursts (fined $25,000 by the NBA for an incident with a fan in Detroit) than his on-court production.
"I'm put on the floor for a job and that's to be aggressive, play defense," said Davis. "I'm basically an energy guy. That's what I do. If I don't go out there and be aggressive, I'm not helping my team out. Being aggressive is -- if you have an open shot, take it; if you have a post-up, take it. Me not using my talents is not helping this team.
"I have a role, but at the same time I can do other things. You do your role, but you also do what helps this team. That's my mentality, since a couple of games ago, to realize the fact that I can play this game. It wasn't too long ago that I was a key factor in helping us win and I know I can [help us win in the future]. I'm not helping my team if I'm not using my talent."
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