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Boston Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis's game-winning shot last night was huge for the defending champs, tying their playoff series up, but for a father-son pair of Orlando Magic fans the shot was doubly painful. Yes, the AP reports that the father, Ernest Provetti, is furious at Big Baby Davis for "acting like a 'raging animal with no regard for fans' personal safety'" and he is demanding an apology. What prompted his fatherly outrage, and what was the result of the raging-animal-like behavior? Apparently, Provetti's son's cap got knocked off when Davis, exalting in the glory of his series-tying jumper, bumped into him racing down the sideline.
No amount of words can really describe the scenario adequately, but for what it's worth for Provetti's outrage, Big Baby Davis does appear to have waddled out of bounds as he raced back toward the Celtics bench to get his well-earned props. Indeed, Provetti further argued, it's a "double standard" that fans can't go barreling onto the court to celebrate plays:
"The NBA makes it clear to not cross the sideline," he said in a telephone interview. "If I cross that line, the NBA will take away my tickets. It's a double standard."
Needless to say, the blogosphere is a-flaming with opinions on the matter, and there appear to be a number of people that feel there may be a new candidate for the "Big Baby" nickname, and we're not talking about Provetti's son either. However, before anyone starts talking about a lawsuit or increases any hate-volume, Provetti has apparently already retracted his apology demand. The protective dad explained that "he reacted emotionally and will back off." Apparently he's also reconsidering his plan of attending a potential Game 7, which would be in Boston ...