As he did on every stop of the Big
Baby Dance Revue in the NCAA Tournament last season,
There were other players there,
including members of the defending national champion Florida Gators and their
loquacious coach Billy Donovan.
Asked how his game would be
different this season considering he has lost nearly 60 pounds, down from 347 at
the end of the Final Four to 289 now,
Asked if he would play some guard,
Davis, who nailed a critical 3-pointer from the top of the key in the win over
Brady, who had a crowd at his table
as well, finally heard
"Coach, they want to know if I'm
going to play on the perimeter?"
"Absolutely," Brady said without hesitation.
Brady doesn't often give it to
players, but he's no dummy.
"Not really, man," he said. "Two-ninety, that's still a lot of weight. You ever picked up 289 pounds? It's still hard to move."
Out-of-state media gobbled it all
up, especially those overweight reporters – which was about the whole
contingent. They craved
"I see how you are," the reporter joked back. "Big-timing me. Seriously, what did you cut out?"
Baby starts every day with organic oatmeal, which he hates.
"To eat that every day, it's
boring, man," he said. "But somehow I had to use my imagination. I had to really
get in character for that. ‘OK, I'm going to eat this. I'm a starving castaway
"Red meat, that's what kills you, man," he said. "It kills you because it stays in your body for a long time. Leave that stuff out. I eat chicken. That's all I eat. Chicken, chicken, chicken."
"I put my hood over my head and I'm walking by and I'm thinking, ‘Oh, please, I don't want to sign nothing today. Just let me go.' I end up getting stopped," he said. "They're like, ‘Oh my God, it's Big Baby! We love YOU!'"
"No, you don't ever big-league nobody like that, man," he said. "Never do that in public. You sign as much as you can and you try to leave a couple of good words, but I had to say, ‘Hang on guys, I've got to go.'"
It wasn't just kids.
"It's like everything, every
aspect. Old people, girls, guys,"
"She just stuck there," he said.
"She couldn't even say nothing. I'm like, ‘Are you OK?' And her friend says,
‘She is so in love with you.' I was like, ‘Are you serious?' God! Like, I'm Brad
Pitt or something. I'm just a regular guy. Golly, though. It's all really
"Let me out of here,"
Glenn Guilbeau covers LSU and the
Southeastern Conference for Gannett News Service. Read him at www.LSUbeat.com or in the Shreveport Times, Monroe
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