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Not every fan favorite player has to be the best player on the team. That’s certainly the case for Brian Scalabrine. Scal has become one of the most popular players on the Celtics amongst fans during his five years with Boston. He’s not the flashiest, the biggest, the strongest, or the best shooter on the team, but he is one of the most comical players. Between his bright red hair and the extremely thick head band he wore during last year’s playoff run, Brian Scalabrine will forever be one the most loved Celtics players of all time.
I speak this way about Scalabrine, because it seems like his time with Boston, and possibly the NBA are nearing an end (at least as a player). Scalabrine, who may still have some gas left in the tank, has most likely played his final days a Celtic. With the arrival of Jermaine O’Neal, rookie Luke Harangody and now most likely Shaquille O’Neal, the need for Scal as a back-up big man is diminishing. Whether Scalabrine will find a job with another team or not is something that is still up in the air.
Scal has career averages of 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds while averaging 13.8 minutes per game. They’re not the greatest numbers ever, but he was always defined as a role player. He could come in play some solid defense for a few minutes (as shown during his single game appearance in game seven of the NBA Finals this past season) or knock down a quick three pointer.
Most likely, I see Scal taking his talents to the broadcasting world. He has been on the air in the past with the guys from Comcast Sports Net and has been entertaining, and would be a good fit for a broadcasting role. Time will tell for Scalabrine, but regardless of anything the Scalabrine head posters and “Hope” Scal shirts will always be collectible items for Scal fans in Boston.