The question was whether the shoulder of Magic power forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis could hold up to contact.
Are you kidding?
Big Baby knows contact.
At 6-feet-9, 290 pounds, this wide load can't help it if he's hitting something.
He returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night after coming off the bench for one game. That was a test drive. He was back moving the pile against the Pacers.
Davis has been bumping, crashing and colliding into things his whole life.
At one time, as recently as three years ago when he was a Boston Celtic, Big Baby toyed with the idea of trying out for the NFL.
No more, though.
"No, no, no," Davis told me. "I could have been Bo Jackson!"
Davis then recounted his high-school football highlights, saying he scored five touchdowns in a game as a … tailback.
That had to be, what, 100 pounds ago?
(In fact, young Big Baby weighed 345 pounds as a 6-foot-4 running back.)
Even teammate Kyle O'Quinn, sitting next to Davis in the lockeroom, wasn't quite sure if Davis was putting us on. O'Quinn started Googling on his phone.
Turns out, Big Baby wasn't embellishing.
"With five rushing touchdowns in a 52-14 defeat of Loreauville (La.) on Friday," O'Quinn begin to read a story on his phone, "University Lab [Baton Rouge] running back Nick Brossette tied Glen Davis' 10-year-old single-game school record. Yes, that Glen Davis "
Surprisingly light on his feet, Davis had also rushed for 215 yards.
Davis laughed and said, "See?! I told you, man."
He added, "[Former LSU coach] Nick Saban came to school to see me for three days. He gave me the option to play basketball and football. But he said if I turned out better at football, I had to give up basketball."
Davis said he had offers to wear a helmet from Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and USC. He quit playing football after his junior year. He didn't see eye-to-eye with the coach, saying: "I regret my senior year, not playing."