The Legend Returns: Brian Scalabrine One-on-One "Scallenge"
This was the 98.5 The Sports Hub’s 1-on-1 “Scallenge” which had people send in try-out videos for a chance to play Brian Scalabrine. 4 challengers, games up to 11 with a 10 second shot clock and no rebounds (meaning that once you shot and missed, the ball was checked back at the top). Was also "make-it, take-it", which I have heard some people dislike, but tends to be the norm in one-on-one basketball.
With all of the above, Scalabrine won with a combined score of 44-6. These guys were not exactly slouches and while they may not have been NBA material, it just shows how even the guy at the end of the bench is usually a fantastic basketball player. Was never much of a fan of Scalabrine, though always knew he provided some solid shooting and hard play in spurts. Think it was really cool that he did this, definitely give him props for it.
The thing I notice is how hard it is to get a decent shot off on him in 10 seconds. He covers tons of space, is in great condition and while he may not be a great athlete by NBA standards, he moves better than most big guys outside of it. The last guy he goes up against gives a really good effort, Scalabrine just kind of shuts him down after a while. Just shows the insane level of some of these NBA guys, who can make Brian Scalabrine look like a scrub by comparison.
The 19 year old kid is a Fordham Commit and is looked at as a pretty Elite shooter and player New england area.He is ranked the number 100 shooting guard prospect in the nation according to ESPN. It goes to show how much of a difference it is in skill level,even when your viewed as a good recruit compared to an NBA player.
This reminds me of this 20 year old I play with at my Y. He's a good player. About 5'10" quick, good handles and a good shooter. Too cocky though. He keeps telling me he could take Chris Paul. I tell him no. Why would you pick the best PG in the world and say you could take him. Now this kid didn't even play in college and then I watch this and can't help but think he would have no chance. Haha. We have some former D1 guys that come to this Y and even a WNBA player and you can see the difference even when some of them are older. I would like to say I could beat Scal but I have no chance. I do think I would get at least 1 bucket though.
We had this debate with my local b-ball team last year over a few beers and Scal's name specifically came up. We wondered how he would hold up in our league and I, wrongly, stated I think he would be average at best.
Granted this is one on one and not in a team setting, but I stand corrected White Mamba! Also- Scal is retired and not in regular season playing shape.
Scal would absolutely dominate your league. I'm sure of it. Haha. He would look like Kevin Love compared to regular guys in a league. 25 & 15 a game.
That guy at your Y is crazy for thinking he can take Chris paul one on one.He is one of the toughest covers on the planet to guard one on one.I don't think any average baller can guard a Pg in the league one on one and pull out a victory.
Lol. I know and it is a shame he really thinks that. We have really good players there and he holds his own but he picked a top 5 player on the planet. I guess confidence is good but some of the youngsters take it a bit too far. Ronnie Price also comes up as he is from around the area and a few guys think they could beat him. I don't think people realize how talented these NBA players are because of systems and such. There is an older guy we play with that played high level D1 and he is 40. He still kills people now. I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to beat him 1 on 1 at my age(24).
Am I the only one who thinks 'make it-take it' sucks?
No. I feel the same way but only because I hate playing defense. Haha.
No Joe your wrong...... Scal would not average 25&15 in Moon Rivers league.
He'd average 30 and 25 lol a night.
It's guys that average 25&15 in rec leagues now, that never played any organized ball, Scal would murder Moon Rivers league.