Skip to content

Brian Scalabrine takes on trash-talking Bostonians in one-on-one hoops … but did he prevail?

Jan 22, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

brianscalabrine Getty Images

Brian Scalabrine played 11 seasons in the NBA (most notably with the Celtics and Bulls) and one pro season in Europe, and you did not. That fact was driven home with precision recently when Scalabrine, now a broadcaster with Comcast Sports New England, issued a challenge to a few select loudmouths in the Boston area.

After having had enough with callers claiming that they could beat him in a one-on-one game of hoops, Salcabrine offered a challenge (or Scallenge, as 98.5 The Sports Hub called it). He would take audition tapes from any and all challengers, and then choose the best four athletes to play him one-on-one. Here are the results of those four games:

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.

All games were to 11, and the closest anyone came was Matt Tomaszewski, who played at Syracuse last season as a senior but did not see much playing time. He lost to Scalabrine, 11-3.

“I was expecting what I was expecting today,” Scalabrine said. “The only thing I think they weren’t expecting was my size defensively; how good I can cover ground defensively.”

Video here.

  1. racksie - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I have no idea who this guy is, but is my sports hero for the week. At least. That is awesome. But I will give credit to the the knuckle heads who showed up. No matter how misguided they are about their athletic prowess.