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Tough Love From Dr. Phil
PHIL TAYLOR
May 23, 2011
A group of NBA players sits outside a doctor's office, waiting to be seen. Celtics forward Glen (Big Baby) Davis is the first to be called. He opens the door and stops short. He looks surprised.
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May 23, 2011

Tough Love From Dr. Phil

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A group of NBA players sits outside a doctor's office, waiting to be seen. Celtics forward Glen (Big Baby) Davis is the first to be called. He opens the door and stops short. He looks surprised.

DR. PHIL: I know, you were expecting the other Dr. Phil. I get that a lot. But you've come to the right place. I'm better than the bald guy, especially when it comes to NBA head cases. Remember when the Lakers won the title last year and forward Ron Artest thanked his psychiatrist on national television?

DAVIS: He was talking about you?

DR. PHIL: No. You'd never get in to see him. He only treats starters. What seems to be troubling you?

DAVIS: I had a lousy postseason, Doc. It's like I told reporters after we lost Game 4 to the Heat, "I've been nowhere to be found throughout this whole playoffs... . I need to find Glen, and I don't know where Glen is at."

DR. PHIL: You have to find Glen? Look in the mirror. You're 6'9" and 290 pounds. Finding Glen does not exactly require flashlights and bloodhounds. Leave the psychobabble to experts like me, because you and your colleagues are making the playoffs feel like one big therapy session. The games have been better than Prozac, but hearing so many players and teams sort out their emotional baggage makes me want to throw my bust of Sigmund Freud through the TV screen. When did you guys become as fragile as my grandma's good china? Here's my professional opinion, Glen. Spend less time trying to find your mammoth self and more time trying to find some rebounds. Maybe then you won't get bounced in the second round.

Good session. Feel better? I know I do. Send in my next patient on your way out.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum walks in and folds his 7-foot frame into a chair.

BYNUM: Doc, I'm embarrassed about getting swept by the Mavericks in the second round. It's what I told everyone after we lost Game 2: Our team has trust issues.

DR. PHIL: Is it me, or does everyone in this league talk like he spends too much time in the self-help section at Barnes & Noble? If by "trust issues" you mean that quicker, more aggressive Dallas made you guys look as if you'd gotten a group rate for hip replacements, then yes, you have trust issues. Look, I understand that NBA players are human beings with as many insecurities as the rest of us, but be like everyone else and bury them in your subconscious. At some point you need to stop wringing your hands about the state of everyone's psyche. Now you've gotten fans and media acting just as touchy-feely. There was one report speculating that your power forward, Pau Gasol, was too lovesick to play up to his normal standards. Is this the NBA postseason or an episode of Gossip Girl?

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