He was the hulking wrecking ball of a power forward that was the emotional leader on the floor for the Magic early in the season. His championship experience and his expectation to compete for a Playoff spot — and his frankness — was something the team needed early on in the season to set the tone for the building and developing to come.
Davis was in the process of putting in a career year before a shoulder injury on Dec. 19 derailed his season and derailed the Magic's season. He came back in January only to break his foot and be forced to sit out the remainder of the season.
Glen Davis has remained a presence with the team at home games and he still chats with young players like Andrew Nicholson and Tobias Harris during games to mentor them. Davis though still wants to play and his rehab from his broken foot is going to end up being a big part of how he remakes himself.
Davis told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, among other media members, after practice Thursday that the broken bone is almost completely healed and he should be able to begin running again in May. That will be a welcome release for Davis who showed ample amount of passion when he was playing this year.
Lest you think Davis has not been doing much while rehabbing or has let his weight get the best of him, Davis has lost a considerable amount of weight. Davis said he was taking part in a cleanse diet and has added swimming, bike riding and hot yoga to his workout and conditioning regiment.
Davis may not be able to go by "Big Baby" for very much longer.
If he can use his improved fitness to build off this season, the Magic will be very happy. Davis averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game in 33 games this season. He also added a career-best 15.0 PER as he became a featured player in the Magic's lineup. With him anchoring a top-10 defense, the Magic opened the season at 12-13.
The injury against the Wizards changed everything for this team. Young players started to play more and the defensive intensity he helped instill started to fall off as Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson were still learning the finer points of an NBA defense.
Getting Glen Davis back for next year will also present an interesting dilemma for the Magic when it comes to finding playing time for both him and Tobias Harris, who has emerged since the trade in Davis' absence. This is a good problem to have for a young team in many, many ways.
That is a problem for October however.
Seeing Davis back, fit and healthy is great to see as he provides another asset for the Magic to use.