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Reassessing: Brian Scalabrine

Chuck - Red's Army May 22, 2009 Uncategorized 6 Comments

Scalabrine

Chuck's Take:
I've finally come around on Brian Scalabrine. First off, I give the guy
a ton of credit for coming back and playing after suffering 3
concussions. He could have easily packed his bags and called it a
season without any criticism. But he strapped on that (goofy, yet
fitting) headband and became a valuable contributor during the
playoffs. He played tough as an undersized center on defense while
hitting 44% of his three point shots.

I never understood all the "high basketball IQ" praise heaped on
Scal by Doc and Danny. I always saw an overpaid, out-of-shape redhead
who rarely made a positive impact. But that changed once I watched
Mikki Moore's wretched play. Suddenly, Scal wasn't half bad. 

Scal is entering the final year of a 5-year, $15 million contract.
To put it kindly, Danny Ainge overestimated Scal's value. It's possible
Danny could move the expiring contract for a more versatile (i.e.
better) player who has a longer deal. That would be my preference, but
after watching him in the playoffs, I feel that having Scal back for
one final year won't be the end of the world.

John's Take:
I've always said Scal got a bad rap.  He is, and always has been, a
role player that should get about 15 minutes a game.  Did Danny overpay
for him?  Yes.  But that's not his fault.  You find me someone who'd
turn down more money than he's worth in anything, and I'll show you a
damn idiot.

But this year is a bit of a vindication year for Scal.  He wasn't
asked to do too much.  He played a specific role, and he showed that he
can be on the court and not be a liability.  He can hit most of the
open shots.  He can run the offense and get the ball to the people who
need it, and he can be part of the defense without costing you.

All of that is more than people expected… but it's not enough to
make you stop looking for a better option.  I agree with Chuck… if
Scal is involved in a trade, then I wouldn't be opposed to it.  He
should be commended for getting the most out of himself.  And he's a
nice back-up plan if, say, Bill Walker gets more minutes but
struggles.  But let's be real here… there is room for an upgrade.

Other "Reassessing" articles: Eddie House, Mikki Moore

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  • Lakerhater

    Scally is not likely going anywhere unless someone REALLY needs an expiring contract at that number. That being said, I love Scal. He is what he is, a paunchy uncoordinated goofball that makes up for it all with almost autistic hustle and three point shooting. He grew up just a few towns up the road, I remember watching him play high school ball (He was in better athletic shape in those days)and was pretty damn good.
    Maybe I’m overly sentimental about Scal, but having him for the last year of his contract would be cool with me. Besides, after his post finals press conference how could you ever turn your back on him.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    and he has said that once his contract is up he will resort to begging danny to bring him back

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115707360a6970b Coach Bo

    Ah, Scal could be packaged with the brain-dead Tony Allen’s expiring deal and fetch about $5.5 million worth of worthwhile player.
    And if you want Scal back, let’s send some buyout cash along as well.

  • Lakerhater

    TA leaving always sounds good.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156fab786c970c me.yahoo.com/a/Ge3WFJU00dMyw5ikqd_eDsL0y3Hwzg–

    I know Danny needs to do what he can to improve our bench, but I agree with Lakerhater. Scal deserves to be remembered as a Celtics folk hero (like Glen McDonald or Connor Henry) for his Finals press conference. What a great moment.

  • thetitleisours

    I like Scal, but not at his price when we have the bench issues we have.
    I would consider resigning at the minimum after this year though