HoopsHype Brian Scalabrine rumors

June 9, 2013 Updates

LeBron James was given his first-ever video game cover on Thursday when it was announced that he would be the star of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K14. Most people were fine with this. James is, after all, the best player in the NBA, the reigning MVP two years in a row and the cover honor had been a long time coming. However, former NBA player Brian Scalabrine has other ideas. The retired New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls player and current CSNNE analyst tweeted a version of the 2K14 cover with his face on it. For The Win

January 22, 2013 Updates

Scalabrine, who retired over the summer after a very serviceable 11-year NBA career, took on four of Boston’s best ballers in 98.5 The Sports Hub’s 1-on-1 “Scallenge,” put on by morning hosts Toucher & Rich. Listeners sent in their try-out videos, showing off their skills and talking some trash towards Scal, but it turns out even Boston’s best was no match for Scalabrine. He said before the “Scallenge” it would be no challenge, and Scalabrine did not disappoint on that proclamation. CBS Local

Scalabrine — who spent the last few seasons of his career seen as the “human victory cigar” — easily defeated all four of his opponents, throwing down monstrous jams and sinking smooth jumpers as he beat them all by a combined score of 44-6. But Scal applauded his competitors for their effort. “When you go into a game you have to realize that these guys can play,” Scal said of his opponents. “They’re strong, they’ve played against guys quicker than me, they’ve played against guys bigger than me, they’ve played against guys stronger than me.” CBS Local

January 16, 2013 Updates
December 18, 2012 Updates

Here are the details, as explained by Scal on ESPN’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” in Chicago (37:30 mark): In Boston right now, we have this challenge going out. I do a radio show out there, and there are people on the street that really believe they can beat me. So we’re doing tryouts for the top 10 people in Boston to play me one-on-one. And we’re playing to 11. And we’re gonna film it, everything. The reality of people and what they think NBA players are like. I’m the last guy on the bench and I will kick your butt if you’re out on the streets. It’s just the way it is. The Score

November 3, 2012 Updates
October 30, 2012 Updates

Former Celtics reserve and fan favorite Brian Scalabrine sits down with Bill Simmons and tells him why Kevin Garnett could be the most beloved teammate in the NBA and how Rajon Rondo compares to legendary point guard Jason Kidd. Garnett is "the most hated opponent in the NBA but probably the most beloved teammate in the NBA," says Scalabrine, who played with KG in Boston from 2008 to 2010. "Talk to anybody who's been on his team -- even Big Baby who he made cry in the middle of a game." ESPN.com

September 26, 2012 Updates

When did you realize that you wanted to become a basketball player? Brian Scalabrine: When I was a kid obviously -every kid dreams about playing sports when they get older but for me, the whole plan of playing basketball was to secure my education. Maybe I could go to Europe and play, maybe the NBA and see what I got. And one day become a basketball coach, that was like my goal growing up you know. I never ever really thought that I will be in the NBA so many years and have a career like the one I had. But that came you know, that was something that just happened because of my hard work and my dedication. Zona Dos Tres

The last question for you. Where do you picture yourself in, let’s say, ten years from now? Brian Scalabrine: That’s a good question, but I will answer that question for you -I’m not a long-term planner, I’m more a short-term planner. I have that kind of mindset -what can I do now, what can I do to improve. But ten years from now I picture myself being a color commentator for the Boston Celtics, following the team around. Still working on my job, getting better and better. If I could do that for the next ten years or the next thirty years I would be really happy. That’s my new goal now, be attached to basketball and learning from new players and stuff like that. That’s what I think now but hey, maybe I’ll play again in Europe and who know (laughs). To be honest with you I really miss playing in Europe. It was so awarding to get to play so many minutes. I miss playing forty minutes there, going to practice every day… I really miss that. Zona Dos Tres

You are kind of a star for the NBA fans, and in the Internet too. How do you feel about the love that fans give to you? Brian Scalabrine: Yeah it is kind of weird, you know? They love me in Treviso, they love me in New Jersey, they love me in Boston, they love me in Chicago too. I just -I don’t know whether they liked me because I’m kind of an underdog or because I did it good when I came out of the bench. I don’t really understand why they love me. I do know that there are a lot of hands up out there that I truly appreciate. A guy like me -you know, I have a pretty great life now, but when I was a kid I gave up my life to basketball. When I was in college I was not hanging out at parties or anything -I just focused on basketball and when I made it to the NBA I was still focus on basketball. But you know, it was a great life for me and I really enjoy it and I truly like it. Feel the heat of the game, knowing different cultures, talking to people and media, learning from players back in the 70s and from now. But I had to work really hard to achieve everything I ever had. So I don’t know if all those people understand how hard I had to work in order to make it to the NBA and the amount of dedication I put on it .If they do and they like me for that well I appreciate that love, but if they don’t and for they I’m a kind of a joke or something -I don’t want that love, you know. Zona Dos Tres

September 6, 2012 Updates
August 28, 2012 Updates

When NBA training camps open in a little over a month, there's a good chance that like the last two seasons, Brian Scalabrine will be in Deerfield, Ill., at the Berto Center with the Bulls--just not as a player. According to sources familiar with the situation, the fan favorite is in line to join Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff for the upcoming season, CSNChicago.com has learned. CSN Chicago

August 13, 2012 Updates

Forget Michael and Magic and Wilt and Oscar and Kobe and LeBron. Sure, they have been some of the greatest players in the history of professional basketball. But they had incredible physical skills, amazing quickness and jumping ability, lithe and sinewy physiques capable of amazing movements. Though few truly heard the acclaim of fans during games quite like Brian Scalabrine. And if Scal’s going out, it’s with a chant and not a murmur. “I’d be discouraged if I just quit,” said Scalabrine, who remains without an NBA team after being told by the Bulls he will not be invited to return. “Everyone keeps telling me it’s not quitting (taking an already offered TV job). But I want someone to tell me, ‘We don’t want you.’ I’ve always been a tough cut to make. I want someone to tell me I’m not good enough. I just want to see what happens.” NBA.com

I caught up with Scal the other day as he was doing an appearance at the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy in suburban Lisle. He’s got an offer in Europe, but now has a family with two kids. He doesn’t want to leave them. He’s got a nice TV offer in Boston after doing TV playoff work. Friends say to take it and don’t look back. But Scalabrine isn’t exactly someone who ever listened to the consensus. Because if he did, he never would have been in the Finals four times, eight times in the playoffs, and with more than a decade in the NBA totalling about $20 million in contracts. NBA.com

“I don’t get discouraged,” Scalabrine was saying when I asked him about those fans chanting his name despite such a limited contribution. “I’ve heard ‘I’m not good enough’ plenty of times. I really don’t care what people say. I don’t care if people think I’m not good. It doesn’t bother me. Because I think I am a good player. I know the game. And even now if someone says I suck as a broadcaster, I’m not going to be offended. “The way I look at it is if that’s the case (people are mocking me), then—and no disrespect—you’d have to be an idiot,” he says, getting just a tiny bit red other than in his hair. “That I won some contest to be in the NBA? Or that I don’t have to fight every day? That I’m not the first guy on the floor and the first in the weight room and the last to leave? That I haven’t been waking up 5:30 my whole life to train? I’d have to think you’d are an idiot to think I’m a joke. They might, which would be disappointing. Maybe it is that. But I know why I’m here.” NBA.com

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