Shaquille O'Neal claims that he wanted to punch Glen "Big Baby" Davis in the face a couple of times. Julian Benbow of Celtics Blog reports.
"Big Baby" Davis kept looking me off and taking it himself. Doc is shouting at him to go inside, but he won’t. So Doc calls timeout and draws up a play for me. I go out there, and I back Andrew Bynum way under the rim. I’m loose, I’m ready. I’ve got Bynum under the basket and again, Baby won’t give me the ball. So I go up to him and say, "If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face." I was hot.
But MRTRIPLEDOUBLE10 of Red's Army (a Celtics blog) disputes that.
Going by the official game log, Shaq and Davis shared the floor in the second quarter only, from the 6:28-4:43 mark. Reviewing that video, there was one possible play that this possibly could have happened. It was around the 5:28 mark, Davis has the ball for about 1-2 seconds, looks in to Shaq who has his arms hooked with Andrew Bynum, then passes it to Ray Allen. You can hear Phil Jackson shouting "ANDREW, ANDREW, ANDREW" but if you look at Doc, he's not saying anything and is just sitting there watching the play. Maybe Shaq confused his ex-coach with his then current coach. He could have lobbed it in sure, but Shaq didn't completely have Bynum sealed off. Not as obvious as Shaq makes it seem.
Oh Shaq. Why must you target the lowliest and hungriest of opponents to try and sell your books!