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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis on Dwight Howard: ‘He’s a great person’

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Orlando Magic big man Glen Davis spent one season playing with Los Angeles Lakers star Dwight Howard and obviously has some insight into what kind of a teammate the soon-to-be free agent is as speculation on where he’ll end up swirls around league circles. 

“Big Baby”  joined “Jay Mohr Sports” on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles on Monday and responded in kind when asked about the most polarizing figure in Hollywood and the requisite question of his future immediate plans. 

“He’s a great person,” Davis said of Howard on the program. “As far as his basketball career, I have no comments on that, it shows for itself. I don’t have to really speak up on that.” 

Howard will enter free agency as the most coveted player in the NBA not named Chris Paul, and even though Davis indicated he is a bona-fide star in the league, there are many doubters in Southern California as to how much he can help a team in need of a true leader. The numbers are there — he finished 2012-13 with with averages of 17.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He managed to put together that All-Star caliber season while dealing with significant injuries to his back and shoulder, often playing hurt. 

But in Los Angeles, the expectations are great, and the microscope is always on. Whether or not that scrutiny will weigh on Howard’s decision is still a question unanswered. He told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register last week that his decision would be based on basketball alone and that emotions would play no major part of it. 

Who knows what Howard is thinking? The answer is no one, and Davis is among the many that are clueless on what he’ll decide. 

 Photo Credit: Mike / Wikimedia Commons

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.