Brian Scalabrine Speaks Up, Andrew Bynum Welcomed in Philadelphia

John DegrooteCorrespondent IIAugust 15, 2012

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Brian Scalabrine has been the butt of a lot of jokes in the NBA for some time now, and he has finally spoken up about being the one of the most mocked players in the NBA.

In an interview with Sam Smith of, Scalabrine said:

“The way I look at it is if that’s the case (people are mocking me), then—and no disrespect—you’d have to be an idiot. That I won some contest to be in the NBA? Or that I don’t have to fight every day? That I’m not the first guy on the floor and the first in the weight room and the last to leave? That I haven’t been waking up 5:30 my whole life to train? I’d have to think you’d are an idiot to think I’m a joke. They might, which would be disappointing. Maybe it is that. But I know why I’m here.”

Scalabrine has been a fan favorite everywhere he has landed, and fans in Chicago even began calling him the "White Mamba."

Currently, Scalabrine is jobless. After a 10-year NBA career that defied all odds, the redheaded wonder's time in the NBA may be coming to an end.

Scalabrine has already been offered a position in television, but he feels that is the easy way out. He feels like he can still make an NBA roster.

“Everyone keeps telling me it’s not quitting (taking an already offered TV job). But I want someone to tell me, ‘We don’t want you.’ I’ve always been a tough cut to make. I want someone to tell me I’m not good enough. I just want to see what happens," Scalabrine said in the same interview.

Guys like Scalabrine are usually the 12th man on an NBA roster but are usually the hardest hustlers. They will hit the floor for a loose ball or stand their ground and take a charge.

What they lack in athleticism, they make up for with hard work.

Brian Cardinal filled a similar role for the Dallas Mavericks during their championship run in 2011 and became a cult hero.

Scalabrine has lasted over a decade in the NBA and made over $20 million during his career. He also has an NBA Championship ring to his name that he earned with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Who's the joke on now?

If Scalabrine does not suit up for a team during the 2012-13 season, expect to see him on your TV sets. However, I have a very good feeling this is not the last we have seen of the White Mamba in an NBA uniform.


Andrew Bynum Makes First Appearance in Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers greeted Andrew Bynum with a rock star welcome as he arrived at National Constitution Center.

Sporting a 76ers shirt, the crowd erupted as the 24-year-old center made his first public appearance in the City of Brotherly Love.

"I haven't been treated like this yet. I've always played with Kobe and Pau and they've kind of been the forefront guys," Bynum said. "I've kind of been in the background so now it's a new opportunity and I'm looking forward to it."

Bynum did not speak too much on whether or not he will sign long term with the team, but he did say that he was excited to be back on the East Coast, closer to his home of Plainsboro, New Jersey.

“To be honest, man, my first experience here has been so great I’m really leaning toward making this my home,” Bynum said, which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Bynum posted career highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8) last year and made his first All-Star team.

The seven footer said all the right things in his press conference, and the fan base seems ecstatic to have him.

The pressure is on for Bynum to perform as the No.1 option in Philly.