Pre-game comments from Danny Ainge and Glen Davis
"Hello everybody. Thank you for everybody coming, its just-I've been bombarded with a lot of requests and questions about what's going on with Glen so we would like to just get it out once and for all and this is all we'll talk about it. Its over with after this and we'll move forward. We have decided as an organization to not suspend Glen. We've levied a fine against him and we want him around the team, we want him with the team on the road, we want him working out and conditioning with the team and continuing to learn our- everything that we're doing right now to progress and move forward. This was a n unfortunate incident. Glen had apologized to owners, teammates and coaches, fans and everybody and its just time to move forward and put it behind us."
Re Was it difficult to face teammates: "No, my teammates are my teammates. They're there for me no matter what. I just think that I have great teammates. Its been tough--you know watching the guys play and not being there, not getting those experiences with them. I just want to move on and work hard and stay in shape to make sure I'm ready to play."
Re overall reaction to what happened: "It was stupid, it was a stupid mistake and like Danny said most definitely something I have learned from and looking forward."
Re did you know it was a mistake when it happened: "I wish it would've never happened. I wish I could've learned without making this huge mistake. Things happen for a reason, im just thankful that the organization, the fans and everybody with the Boston Celtics has just welcomed me back with open arms."
Re what did you learn: "Life is full of decisions and some decisions are more crucial than others. At any moment you can make the wrong decisions that can alter your life at any moment, so what I told myself is I have to think about everything I do from the little things to the small things. I got to make sure that I use it as a build of character and not something to destroy who glen davis really is."
Re how happy to be around team not suspended: "Oh I'm so happy, I'm full of joy. You kow basketball is a comfort for me and not being able to playa and being around all these guys, being around the organization, it hurts even more and that's why I'm glad the owners and the organization is welcoming- and the team has welcomed me back with open arms. And everybody's looking forward to me getting back and working hard.
Re why not suspended: "We want him around and he's part of the team. And we have that option to either have him around or suspend him and not have him around and so its pretty simple. Glen is well liked by his teammates and I think the better chance of him coming back and being prepared to play when he's healthy is being with the team.."
Re any C's angry: "Its crazy cause when it happened I already felt every ounce of disappointment. I felt every frustration, just everybody who has a part of building the Celtics and everybody who has a part of supporting the Celtics. I just realize a huge mistake and am glad its over with and I can get on back to supporting my team and helping my team out.."
Re still think out for 6 weeks: "Yeah we're looking at 6 weeks, fast healer, maybe 5."
Re how hard to watch opening night and not play: "I cant even describe man, more sad, more frustrated, there was so many emotions. I feel like I let a lot of people down. It hurts, it really hurts but like I said it's a character builder and I can let this make me or break me and I chose to let it make me and be the man that I need to be to help the Celtics, to live a healthy life."
"This summer was a crucial summer for me, just becoming a professional. And when I made, when then this happened it was tough thinking about all the hard work I put in. And it just made me realize that I haven't, I'm not where I need to be. I'm not where I need to be as a professional, because professionals make the right decisions at crucial moments, and at that time I didn't. I have a lot of work to do in order to be the player that I need to be and also the man I need to be. I'm just happy the Celtics and the team and the fans are willing to let me be that man."
"Friends are gonna be friends. We just make bad decisions."
Re are you in a cast: "It's a cast"