With Superman taking his talents to Hollywood, the Dwight Howard era in Orlando is officially over. So who’s going to be the new face of the franchise for the Magic? It appears Glen “Big Baby” Davis is more than ready to take on that role.
In an interview on the Scott Van Pelt Show earlier this week, Big Baby was asked about how the Magic would move on without their All Star center. “We can really focus on the year,” said Davis. “At the end of the day we’re gonna put our hard hats on, bring our lunch buckets, eat our sandwiches and then work hard.”
Not only did Davis seem confident in the team being successful next year, but he seemed to think that he could be the one to lead the Magic there. “I know what it takes. I’ve been around it my whole career. It’s in my blood,” said Davis. Big Baby went on to say that he wanted to put the team on his back and take on a bigger leadership role amongst some of the younger players.
Although the radio hosts seemed to laugh at the notion of the Magic finding success without Howard, I have to say that I love Big Baby’s confidence. Orlando still has Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, and Hedo Turkoglu on their roster, and they also picked up Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington who helped lead the Denver Nuggets to the playoffs last season.
Sure, Glen Davis isn’t a franchise changing player in the same way that Dwight Howard is. But he has been to two NBA Championships and has played basketball at a high level since his college days at LSU. Big Baby has some big shoes to fill in Orlando, but I think he has the right attitude and a good enough supporting cast to make things happen for the Magic.