Brian Scalabrine believes that he could have been the difference maker in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. He played just 51 seconds of the game, but showed hustle and determination as soon as he stepped on the court. He agreed to speak to reporters from his home in Boston a day after the Lakers defeated them at the Staples Center.
Reporters were at Scalabrine's door waiting to get his take on the loss. It had rained for a few moments in Boston, but the sun was out and the media was in full spring. How appropriate that a rainbow had formed and set a nice background for his press conference. He was clutching a very small pot of gold before emerging from his home.
There were a few mumbles and comments on how much he looked like a leprechaun.
Scalabrine spoke briefly, saying he was disappointed in Doc Rivers and his decision not to put him into the game at key moments.
"When my boy, Rasheed [Wallace] fouled out, I wanted to be the next guy to come in. I deeply believe within myself that Coach Rivers was going to have me start in Perkins' absence. I feel robbed by looking at the box score a day later to learn I only played 51 seconds," said Scalabrine, surrounded by the media.
Scalabrine's wife said that when her husband came home he was fuming. "He was yelling at the television when he saw Kobe clutching the MVP trophy. I know Brian deserved that. In the NBA, to win an award like the MVP award you don't have to have the most points or rebounds. It should go to the guy that put in the most effort. That was my husband."
No word on whether or not Brian Scalabrine wants to return to the Celtics next year or whether he is one of several fans that believes that Doc Rivers may not come back. Scalabrine is mad. It may take a while for him to calm down before his hair gets any redder.