Brian Scalabrine (“The White Mamba”) spoke with The Courtside Collective on playing under Coach Doc Rivers and Coach Tom Thibodeau and about playing both alongside and against Kevin Garnett. Scal offered to speak to the press on a conference call regarding the upcoming games this Sunday, and of course TCC where there.
We put Scal on the spot and tried to find out which one of his former coaches was his favourite. Although he could not give an answer he did however speak on what makes the two so great. Scal said that Doc “has a pulse on his team” and spoke on Doc’s ability to manage ego’s saying “he manages egos, gets guys to buy into a role better than any coach I’ve ever played with.” He also talked about Doc’s offensive prowess and creativity as a coach calling him “an offensive mastermind”. He seemed in awe of Doc rivers ability to draw up plays for game winners and spoke specifically on the game winning play versus the Pacers on Wednesday night saying “These plays are out of nowhere, how does he come up with these things?”
Moving on, he spared no time in calling Coach Thibs “a defensive mastermind”, crediting Thibodeau’s success to the amount of work that he puts in. He continued speaking highly of Thibs talking about his ability to get players to work as a team, saying “to get everyone on the same page is unbelievable in the NBA, especially defensively.”.
Both coaches worked together on the 2008 Championship Celtic team before Thibodeau was offered the Bull’s job. Scalabrine is quick in giving praise to the combination of the two, and even goes as far as saying if it weren’t for injuries, that team would’ve won more than one championship.
“The combination of those two is no mystery why we won in 2008, and we feel… that if guys didn’t get hurt we would’ve won a few more championships besides the just the one in 2008”
We then asked Scal about playing with and against Kevin Garnett. KG is considered a player that you love to have on your team but hate to play against. Scal had nothing but love for him saying “i’ve never had a problem with KG, even when he played for Minnesota and I had to go against him.”
Continuing on Scal offered his insight on how the the NBA works in his eyes “To me, it’s like this, you separate the NBA into two types of people. People who like compete and don’t like to compete”. Scalabrine believes that “all is fair when playing sport”, and that the referee’s are there for a reason “to judge if something is right or wrong”. He finished talking to TCC on this note:
“With the rules set in place, with the officials, the way they are… if you don’t love KG by the way he plays, when he’s doing everything… to get a W, that day , that month, that year, that season, that champioship. Then you just don’t like the game of basketball!”
Live #NBAonSky on Sunday sees Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder at 5pm and Chicago Bulls @ Los Angeles Lakers at 7.30pm on Sky Sports 3HD
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