chicago bulls forward brian scalabrine is one of a kind.
There are not enough English words to describe it.
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And while he’s only averaging 13.3 minutes per game, 6.5 over the last three seasons, he’s a fan favorite wherever he goes.
After being drafted by the New Jersey Nets in 2001 from the University of Southern California, Scalabrine has since been with two other teams: the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. and his best season was the 2004-05 season with the Nets when he averaged 6.3 points per game while playing 21.4 minutes per game, 14 of which he started.
But don’t be fooled by the stats. inside, scalabrine is a man’s man.
a true warrior.
Possibly few players are as knowledgeable about the game as he is. by spending most of his career watching from the bench, he has come to understand the game in a way that very few players can. in this way, it is very valuable for trainers.
and that’s why he ended up with the chicago bulls.
when tom thibodeau came over from the boston celtics, scalabrine went with him. not to be a star player, but to be the player-coach that he is now. scals knows the thibodeau system better than anyone in bullfighting. if younger players were having difficulty with the new system (eg derrick rose, 22, and joakim noah, 24), he could answer any of his questions and help them out, helping teach them how that thibodeau would. I want you to play.
then there is the obvious exterior of the white mamba.
back in the headband days, scalabrine could easily be described as someone who came from playing basketball at the ymca. he just didn’t look like someone who would play in the nba. And that’s probably where all this love came from. To the NBA fan, Scalabrine looks like the average Joe, someone everyone can relate to. And when he’s able to hit triple, that makes him even better.
It’s not just his looks that make him so adorable; For someone who doesn’t have much to brag about, scals sure knows how to open his mouth.
That makes it even more adorable.
In a recent espnchicago article, scalabrine explained what would happen if one of the starters failed:
I’m going to play 40 minutes, I have to be ready to play 40 minutes. this happened to me in the past. I played great minutes and I had to keep playing and playing and playing. and you have to be prepared for that. you can’t simply, because you’re not playing, you’re not working. I work every day like I’m going to play basketball for 44 minutes a night.
now before someone tells you that an nba game lasts 48 minutes, this is a perfect example of the classic scalabrine. he knows full well that he’ll rarely see time on the floor, but talks like he’s the missing link for a team to win a championship.
to top it off, scalabrine is extremely fan friendly. wherever he goes, he won’t hesitate to talk to people and have a normal conversation, maybe even crack a few jokes. Not only is he a famous NBA player, but he’s also someone you’d love to have a Saturday night to hang out with. Through his almost cult following, Scalabrine remains human.
and that’s the best of him. though he takes the game seriously, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
now, after moving through two cities, scalabrine finds himself in the windy city. He is as beloved in Chicago as he was in Boston and New Jersey, where they make signs and T-shirts every time he returns.
Luckily for him, his career got a boost thanks to the Chicago Bulls TV team of Stacey King and Neil Funk. On air, King is constantly praising Scalabrine and begging Chicago to pay attention to him.
king’s best quote about scals is to call him “the man, the myth, the legend”.
don’t worry, the legend of brian scalabrine will live on long after he’s gone.
and if you want to laugh at him, go ahead. I guarantee that he will laugh with you.