Ladies and gentlemen, a post from our very own Leigh Ellis

It seems we’ve lost one of the good guys to the broadcast booth, as Brian Scalabrine announced yesterday that he’ll be doing color commentary for 11 Boston Celtics games this season. It’s too bad because that means there’ll be no more of this highlight reel stuff or diss raps from the burly redhead.

In basketball — like most pro sports — it’s not always about the guy who scores the most points or grabs the most rebounds. Every team needs a glue guy, the teammate coaches love to refer to as a great locker room guy. He’s the one who always sees the positive in any situation, and more importantly, he’s always first off the bench to high-five his teammates as they come off the floor, regardless of the score or situation in the game.

And nobody did that better than Scal. Hell, the Bulls basically paid him $2.5-million to do that for the last two seasons. Not a bad way to earn a living.

So while Scal might not be remembered as the most athletic player to grace the NBA hardwood, he still forged an 11-year career and even picked up a Championship along the way.

As we say farewell to Scal, here is a compilation of some of his best shots as captured through the lens of Getty Images.

Original Headband Scal

Hipster Scal

Won His Holdout with the Tanning Salon Scal

Don’t F— with Me Scal

Super Cool Scal

Fashionista Scal

King of the Kids Scal

Concussion Headband Scal

Got Jokes Scal

Kept Black Sneakers Cool Scal

Santa Scal

If you have your own favorite Scal memories, please leave them in the comments.

Comments (16)

  1. how could this not include a “white mamba” reference???

  2. the “diss” track… is that skeets?

  3. It’s a sad day today, but he will always live on as the lone white guy on the Celtics championship team.

  4. Scal lighting it up in Serie A during the lockout
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAsct-raysk

    Also, his championship press conference.

  5. I remember 1 time on the Chicago Bulls that scal was in for his garbage time minutes & if he had scored a basket, the fans would have gotten free Big Macs. But thibs didn’t give him permission to do so, & he felt so bad he went down to a McDonalds the next day and bought fans free Big Macs.

    Plus I still love this story about him:
    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=chicagobulls&id=6750&city=chicago

    Great article, Leigh!

  6. Here is a poster I made the morning before going to the Bulls vs Heat game. Bulls won by the way.

  7. Caption for third picture from the top should read, “Scal…p.”

  8. First ballot HOF

  9. Scal locks down and outscores Amare in Celtics rout of the Suns.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=290119002

    Oh and the time he told the media about how much better the Celts were than the Lakes in 2008 playoffs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itKz6z8Reko

  10. It’s clear from this post that Mr. Ellis doesn’t know what a hipster or a fashionista is. #unsurprising

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