When the Grizzlies Summer League roster was released today, Commercial Appeal Griz beat writer Ron Tillery thought it was noteworthy that Ed Davis wasn’t making an appearance. It was widely reported after the end of the season that former coach Lionel Hollins had requested that Davis attend Summer League to work on his game.
Griz announce summer league roster w/ Tony Wroten, Jamaal Franklin, Janis Timma, Jon Leuer,Donté Greene and Willie Reed. No Ed Davis.— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) July 9, 2013
Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer didn’t think it was weird that Davis wasn’t attending Summer League:
Ed Davis not playing in Summer League is notable? Report: Quincy Pondexter is not on the Summer League roster.— Chris Herrington (@FlyerGrizBlog) July 9, 2013
For the record, neither did I. Clearly Davis needs to work on his game this offseason—all NBA players do. But Davis, who just completed his third season in the league and who played heavy minutes as a starter in Toronto, is a cut above the guys who usually go—bench guys and young guys who need minutes against pro competition that they might not get in real games.
Davis, for his trouble, had this to say:
@CAGrizBlog I didn't kno playing summer league was the only way to get better. But hey I guess you know the formula— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) July 9, 2013
Clearly, Davis didn’t appreciate that Hollins thought he should be in Summer League, and clearly, Davis has been keeping tabs on Ron Tillery’s continued passive-aggressiveness towards the new Grizzlies front office and everything they do. (And his inexplicable blocking of Memphis media members, probably including me and this blog after I post this.)
But man, this stuff is funny.
Tillery’s response, and the ensuing back and forth:
@eddavis32 not only way. just 1 way. just don't know why fans are so put off that you were asked to go even for a couple of games and bounce— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) July 9, 2013
@CAGrizBlog yea I was asked by a coach who doesn't have a job right now.— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) July 9, 2013
It’s not every day that NBA players tangle with the media publicly. Tillery has a point: Summer League partly functions as a way for players to show the public that they’re working. The example that Tillery gave was O.J. Mayo going to Summer League after a breakout year to work on his handle. That one ended up not working out so well.
Either way, life sure is more entertaining when Ed Davis is Bossing people on Twitter!