Former Boston Celtics great Brian Scalabrine is back on the map, after doing his version of LeBron James‘ “Coming Home” letter.
Scals has brought me so much joy in my 26 years on this planet, so in honor of his recent, extra 15-minutes of fame, let me share my five favorite Scalabrine moments with you.
5. The 2003 Maccabi Games
For those unfamiliar with the Maccabi games, it is a great opportunity for Jewish teenagers such as myself to compete in several different sports against Jewish teenagers from all over the country. In one of my years competing, Scalabrine was a special guest during our games, and even sat at my team’s table after the opening ceremony. Scals enlightened us with a story or two from his time at USC, none of it could be deemed as english, and I still remember thinking at 15 whether or not the guy was serious or not.
4. Coining the nickname “White Mamba”
Kobe Bryant is the “Black Mamba,” so obviously Scalabrine is the “White Mambe.” Thankfully, he let us know for sure in a 2012 interview. It made us stop walking on eggshells during our white-people conversations when we already referred to him as such,
3. The Scallenge
Because he chose to, Scalabrine took on all challengers in a one-on-one game of basketball in the Greater Boston area and it officially became known as “The Scallenge.” In 2013, “Veal” (his old nickname with the New Jersey Nets) was victorious against every one he faced, surprising no one. I hope to see another Scallenge in the coming years so I can get on a plane and play my generations Larry Bird.
2. “Coming Home Letter”
The timing of this couldn’t have been any better. Scals is his usual self, doing what he does best with this letter announcing his return to Boston as a broadcaster. More importantly, Scalabrine will be back in sports news around Boston, which makes my gig roughly 1,000 times better.
1. “All-Time All-Time?!?!?”
Just watch this and thank me later.