BANGOR – It’s not often you get to learn some basketball skills from a former NBA player, let alone a one of the most beloved Celtics players of the last couple decades.
He didn’t fill up the stat sheet like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, or Ray Allen, but Brian Scalabrine will always hold a special place in the hearts of Celtics fan.
“The White Mamba” was in Bangor today running a clinic with Husson women’s basketball assistant coach Matt MacKenzie. Across two sessions with boys and girls K-12, Scalabrine went through various drills and exercises.
A day Scalabrine hopes impacts the futures of the kids.
“For me if I’m on the court I’m loving what I’m doing. I love helping young kids i love finding one kid five years later that said I went to your camp and it changed my life because that’s the reality of my life,” Scalabrine said.
There were also plenty of former local high school and current college players helping out at the camp. Scalabrine’s focus was on the kids participating in the camp and helping further their skills.
But, when it came to offering advice to the college players Scalabrine was straight and to the point.
“This is where you start to separate people that want to do something with their life, people that want to go somewhere and people that don’t have any interest. I’m not going to reach out to them. They know I’m here now I will talk trash when we’re playing and I’ll tell them, “you may think you can bust me, but you can’t,” Scalabrine said.
“People that want to play at the next level its non stop its real I mean he’s 40-years-old and he’s in better shape than I am he’s a big dude. He was talking smack and he was giving me buckets but it’s alright,” former George Stevens boys basketball guard Taylor Schildroth said.