Glen Davis on Vaughn: “I’m blessed and fortunate to be his first pupil”

By Quixem Ramirez

May 2, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) during the third quarter of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Indiana defeated Orlando, 97-74. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Glen Davis had his best season to date — at least if you prescribe to the all-encompassing metric of PER. He increased his rebounding proficiency and his usage rate (a measure of the possessions he used up) increased a bit too. His shooting percentage decreased, though, and he also entered training camp last year overweight. So it’s a give-and-take.

Jacque Vaughn, who claimed the Orlando Magic coaching position last week, told Baby that he wants him to lose weight because his role will increase even further after Orlando flipped Ryan Anderson for Gustavo Ayon.

There was nothing vindictive about the confrontation as Davis told the Orlando Sentinel. Davis noted that Vaughn is a “wonderful guy” and that he is “fortunate” to be his first pupil.

“He’s a wonderful guy,” Davis said. “His upside is just amazing.     Where he’s been in his life and his career, the things that he’s     encountered as far as a basketball level and things like that is     high. And he’s young. He’s ready.

I called him a ‘thirsty dog,’ because I know he’s been chomping at the bits to get on that level of coaching.     Now he has the opportunity to do that. I’m blessed and fortunate to be in a situation to be his first pupil.”

Vaughn’s coaching career is in it’s primordial stages but it’s off to a good start. Now time for that Dwight Howard guy to …

Hat-tip Pro Basketball Talk.