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#1 bigfetz

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 07:54 PM


Over 11 NBA seasons, journeyman forward Brian Scalabrine cultivated an image of a regular guy who just happened to play basketball. Eventually, many fans came to believe that Scalabrine was an Average Joe, not an elite athlete (as all NBA players are), and figured that he probably wasn't that great at the profession that earned him tens of millions of dollars. This summer, Scalabrine said that he resented this suggestion (even if he also heartily embraced the regular guy image), and in Decemberhe challenged any Boston-area amateur basketball players to games of one-on-one.

On Monday, Scalabrine faced four hand-picked competitors. He destroyed them all. From CBS Boston(via TBJ):


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. [...]
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.


That link also features a 30-minute video of the action, and it becomes very clear very quickly that Scalabrine is on another level from these athletes. Even against decent competition — the first challenger, Matt Tomaszewski, was on Syracuse's roster just last season — Scalabrine owned everyone. The second and third games were both shutouts, and the six points scored included one two-pointer. In four games, Scalabrine conceded just five baskets.

This full-scale domination isn't terribly surprising, because it really is amazingly difficult to play in the NBA for 11 seasons. Scalabrine managed to do so in part because he found a role as a good teammate, which made him more valuable than his talent may have suggested, but even then he was in competition with an exceedingly small group of potential employees. The idea that any random weekend warrior could challenge him is ridiculous.

We are only left to wonder why this challenge was necessary in the first place. For that, Scalabrine has to look at himself. While no fan should ever feel like he's on the same athletic plane as a professional athlete, the fact of the matter is that some pros embrace that image because it provides them new opportunities. Without it, Scalabrine probably never would have gotten his current job as an analyst for CSN New England. He deserves more respect than he's been given, but there are also identifiable reasons for why he doesn't always get it.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/brian-scalabrine-dominated-competition-boston-one-one-challenge-231654445--nba.html

Just shows you how good players in the NBA are.

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 08:30 PM

How'd Kwame make it? Lol but seriously, NBA players are no joke. Some people think they can actually play against NBA competition.

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 08:32 PM

http://sports.yahoo....54445--nba.html

Just shows you how good players in the NBA are.

And you're surprised? this is the nba level, even the worst players in the league can dominate against amateurs.

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 08:40 PM

I remember when someone here said they could be Steve Blake 1 on 1 lol

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 09:39 PM

I could beat Steve Blake easily lol
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Posted January 22, 2013 - 10:03 PM

I could beat Steve Blake easily lol

stop trollin brah

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 11:01 PM

I remember when someone here said they could be Steve Blake 1 on 1 lol


If I remember correctly, it was Hollywood who said he could beat Steve Blake one on one.

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 11:29 PM

If I remember correctly, it was Hollywood who said he could beat Steve Blake one on one.


yea lol

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Check this out:


Edited by    , January 23, 2013 - 12:16 AM.

yo.


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Posted January 23, 2013 - 02:02 AM

9:13 12:51 with the dunk 19:37 he blocks the ball into the camera.
Man all the other 4 combined scored 6 and every point was pure luck. They just tossed is up and it barely would go in.

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 10:42 PM

give the white mamba a ten day lol hell probably give more effort out there than our whole roster

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Posted January 24, 2013 - 12:20 AM

From now on I respect any NBA players

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 09:29 AM

I have a friend who honestly believes he can. I tell him that he loses to me sometimes in pickup games, ain't NO WAY he's beating Steve Blake. He just says that's because it's 5 on 5, Steve's too slow.
He's slow compared to guys like Parker and Westbrook and Rose, not slow compared to humans.
But really I think he just believes he can beat any white player because he's black haha.
That's why everyone picks out Scal. Big white red headed dude. There's a reason he hung around the league as long as he did though. Guy can ball. Vanilla Godzilla

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 05:43 PM

There's a reason he hung around the league as long as he did though. Guy can ball. Vanilla Godzilla

He can, but in the NBA I think his strongest value was for team chemistry. Clearly you can tell he was always liked by all his teammates and did a consistently good job of being involved in the game by cheering on his teammates. Not a lot of guys can keep that up consistently.

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