During his 11-year NBA career, Brian Scalabrine wasn’t exactly considered the most “talented” player. The USC product never possessed great speed, a 40-inch vertical leap, or an incredible outside shooting touch – all of the qualities that a couch potato fan readily expects from a pro baller.
Due to the great white hype image that Scalabrine cultivated over the years, many fans publicly questioned his skills and asked how he stayed in the league for so long. So in order to quiet these naysayers, Scalabrine challenged four talented amateurs to one-on-one games. CBS Boston discussed the details of the challenge by writing:
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 tryout videos, showing off their skills and talking some trash towards Scal, but it turns out even Boston’s best was no match for Scalabrine.
As you can see from the video we’ve posted below, the one-on-one “challenge” was more of a massacre than anything. Brian won all four games by a combined score of 44-6. And it wasn’t like he was playing total bums whose main claim to fame was winning five YMCA pickup games in a row.
Instead, some of these guys were actually pretty good, including the first challenger, 6’8″ Matt Tomaszewski, who played for Syracuse last year. Before we continue talking about the Scallenge, you can take a look at all four games below:
Tomaszewski gives Scalabrine some decent competition since he’s fairly quick on defense and matches up with Brian’s heighth. However, he easily gets out muscled by Scalabrine en route to an 11-3 blowout. The second and third games aren’t even contests because they both end in 11-0 shutouts. As for the final game, this turns out to be another 11-3 score, making the fourth straight blowout.
People really shouldn’t have expected anything different from this competition because there’s a massive difference between a longtime NBA player, and some guys who put up good numbers in their adult men’s league. While these wannabe ballers were guarding 5’11” shooting guards from Joe’s Auto Shop, Scalabrine was trying to stop Kevin Garnett every week in practice.
Thanks to his strong work ethic, team approach and great practice habits, Brian Scalabrine was able to last for over 11 seasons in the world’s toughest basketball league. Sure he never averaged more than 6.3 PPG or 4.5 RPG in a single season, but Scalabrine did become a fan favorite and earned a ring with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Now retired, Brian is looking forward to life after basketball in his new role as a sports analyst for CSN New England.