Now gone, Big Baby appreciates Rivers' ways

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Now gone, Big Baby appreciates Rivers' ways

BOSTON Glen Davis arrived at the TD Garden well ahead of any of his new Orlando teammates.

Show up on time (or earlier), and be ready.

Call it one of the many lessons the former Boston Celtic took away from his four seasons with the Green team.

Now with the Orlando Magic, Davis plans to use those lessons learned against the very franchise that in so many ways shaped him into the player he is today.

Of all the influences that Davis credits for his development, head coach Doc Rivers stands head and shoulders above the rest.

The two had their many run-ins and differences, Davis acknowledged.

Now having had time to reflect upon his time in Boston, Davis has a better understanding of just how important Rivers' tough-love approach in dealing with him was necessary.

"When I was here in Boston, I didn't see exactly what Doc wanted me to see, until I left," Davis told CSNNE.com. "The things he did for me, the things he showed me, is going to help me tremendously in my career."

Davis added, "the more and more I think about it, the more I think about how I was fighting it. The more I love it now. It's the right way to play; it's the right way to be."