It's a sad day in the NBA as former Chicago Bull and Boston Celtic Brian Scalabrine has opted to retire. Scalabrine has been a fan favorite ever since his time in Boston, but his popularity really took flight when he signed with Chicago in the offseason of 2010. Since then, Scal has been referred to as the "White Mamba," a name derived from Kobe Bryant's nickname, the "Black Mamba."
Scalabrine was offered an assistant coaching job in Chicago under coach Tom Thibodeau, but instead opted to return to Boston to become a commentator, a job he fulfilled in a guest role during the 2012 Playoffs.
To celebrate the career of the White Mamba, let's look at his top five moments in the NBA.
5. Scalabrine Gets Blocked by a Rookie Derrick Rose
Many think that Scalabrine's first experiences with the Chicago Bulls came after he signed here in the summer of 2010. However, die-hard basketball fans know that he was a big part of the seven game, seven-overtime first round series between Chicago and Boston during the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
Scalabrine was forced to fill in for the injured Kevin Garnett at times during that series, and he did not disappoint. He did not disappoint Bulls fans that is. On one particularly notable play, Scal received the ball on a fastbreak and was wide open under the basket, and subsequently went up for a dunk. Well Derrick Rose had other thoughts...
In other news, the worst part of Scalabrine being a Bull was the no headband rule...
Watch Scal get stuffed HERE.
4. Scalabrine Goes Off Against the Nets
On January 23 of this year, Brian Scalabrine had a true highlight package in a game against New Jersey. He had three highlight reel assists, and showed off the hang time while swerving around Kris Humphries at the rim.
You can watch video highlights of that game HERE.
3. Scalabrine Goes Off in Italy
The lockout was a tough time for NBA fans, as fans were prevented from seeing games because millionaires were fighting with billionaires. However not all of it was bad, as marginal NBA players like Brian Scalabrine had the opportunity to showcase their skills in other leagues.
Scalabrine signed a contract with Italian team Benetton Treviso during the lockout. During his tenure, a highlight video came out of a game against Avellino. In that game, Scalabrine scored 18 points in 34 minutes, and reminded fans that he can shoot the ball with the best of them.
You can watch Scal make it rain HERE.
2. Scalabrine Gets MVP Chants on the Road
On February 28, 2011, Scalabrine showed once and for all what a cult figure he had become in his half a season in Chicago. In a game against the Washington Wizards in Washington, Scalabrine came into the game for a grand total of one minute, and scored on an impressive bank shot. After that, Scal received the Derrick Rose treatment and received MVP chants. To be fair, he scored 72 points per 36 minutes, right?
You can listen to Scalabrine getting MVP chants HERE.
1. Scalabrine Trash Talks the Media
In 2008, the Boston Celtics won their first NBA Championship in 22 years, and their 17th overall NBA Championship. Part of that team was the "White Mamba," who logged a total of zero minutes and zero seconds in the NBA Finals. Afterwards, Scal got on the podium and trash talked everyone who doubted them. Well played Mr. Scalabrine.
You can watch Scal HERE.
We'll miss you White Mamba.