Brian Scalabrine Press Conference Transcript
What kind of role do you see Brian having?
Danny: Well, that would be a question for Doc, obviously since Doc is not here…we've talked a lot about Brian - Doc and I - and Brian's a very versatile player. He can play some small forward in a bigger lineup, can play some center in a small lineup, and obviously he can play some in his more natural position as a four and can stretch the defense. He's a passing four, he's a shooting four. He can take advantage of mismatches on the low post, and I think that Brian has, with opportunities that he'll have to earn in training camp and during the season, I think that he's got a whole other level to his game that he hasn't shown yet, just based on being a young player and playing behind Kenyon Martin and just playing a different style of basketball in New Jersey, I just think that he's got a whole other level of basketball to bring to the table.
Brian talk about the recruiting that the Celtics did in order to sign you?
Brian: When it all started it was sometime in the beginning of July, Danny expressed interest in me and from there I talked to Danny. He said I had a certain role with the Nets and now maybe I have the opportunity for my role to be expanded and with that as a player, you're looking down the road 10 years or as your career is coming to an end. Well here in Boston I have a clean slate where I can get to an opportunity where I can start or come off the bench and that would be my defining role and I was excited about that.
What do you know about Celtics tradition?
Brian: I know everything about basketball and the history of the Celtics and how long they have been around and you really find that out when you try to pick a number and there's none available. It's great to be here and play in a place like this where it's totally different than a place like the New Jersey Nets, where we don't get the big fan support, but every night here you've got great crowds and great fans and people love sports here and I am really looking forward to that.
If you knew Celtics history why would you pick 44?
Brian: We had a long conversation about that and I didn't want to do it, but Danny said he'd be honored if I wore his number. I said alright, as long as its going to be okay upstairs that it's my number and not your number because I've got a lot of respect for Danny and I like him as a player.
Brian, there's been a lot of talk about your relationship with the so-called “Brain Doctor”. Can you just reiterate how big a role he's played in your career in terms of your performance and your landing here in Boston?
Brian: Well to be honest with you, he's helped me in my life probably more than with my game. He tries to explain to me ‘This is what you need to do to be successful'. I mean, the game is fast, it's not like I'm sitting there thinking “Well, the ‘Brain Doctor' told me I need to do that.” He tells me certain things that I need to do when you prepare for games, and those things have helped me. Especially sometimes when I get an opportunity to start, and a guy will be hurt and I'll start for five games in New Jersey and I'll call and ask him and “What's this guy and what can this guy do, and how can I affect him?” There are times when I've played in big games, probably one you guys remember most is the Detroit Pistons game…well, I actually had a conversation with him a few days before that. Now, I don't know how much that plays a role in my coming here, but I definitely know that John tells me a lot in terms of with my life and my basketball as well.
So could you say that he's almost helped you scout opponents?
Brian: Yeah, it really helps. To know people's tendencies and personalities really helps how you're going to go about it…if you want to play some guys who are physical then maybe you want to be more physical. We've probably only talked about it about ten times in four years, but all of those ten times he has really helped me a lot.
Along those lines Brian, as an opponent, what are your thoughts about the Celtics personnel and playing against them, and now playing with guys like Paul Pierce and the young guys?
Brian: It's funny that last year that when I was in Las Vegas at camp, I was put on the Boston Celtics' team, so my team was Paul Pierce and Marcus Banks and Kendrick Perkins was there as well and that was OUR team and we had to play against other teams, maybe the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia as well. I got to play with those guys, and Paul is a tremendous talent and a very special player in this league. The other guys around, like all the young kids and the high school kids, maybe they can be as good as they want to be and I think that I kind of slide into that role. If you watch me play, you see that I can start for a team, and I can come off the bench, and I can help guys who are scorers or I can help guys who are maybe role players as well.
Danny, what did the brain doctor say to you about him beyond the physical attributes?
Danny: Nothing, I have known Brian for a lot of years and the brain doctor did not have that much of an impact on why we got Brian.
Brian, we have seen you over the years and know that you are a good shooter, and we have seen your shooting numbers and surprised to see them where they were, is that just a matter of consistent playing time?
Brian: We hope so. I am not going to sit up here and make excuses for why I shoot what I shoot. I believe I am a good shooter, and when I play significant minutes my stats are very impressive. But stats don't matter, everybody can look at them and say whatever you want, it's about winning and losing, and plus/minus is a great stat to.
Danny, do you remember the time when Brian first caught your eye?
Danny: When I saw Brian play in college I was very impressed with his play at USC. I loved his game and when he was coming out in the draft, I watched him very close in the combine camps in Chicago. I was very impressed with his overall knowledge of the game, and I followed him over his career in New Jersey and I watched him in the summer league. He's one of those guys who's a coaches dream, he makes cuts, takes charges, boxes out, and does all the fundamental things that you try to teach players to do. He is the kind of player that in the right situation can be significantly better than he's been with opportunities, we need a player like Brian Scalabrine.
Regarding Brian's playoff experience:
Danny: I think playoff experience is huge, and more important than regular season and it magnifies your maturity as a player, and the development comes a lot faster through playoff experience. Brian is the kind of player who plays to win, he's not a guy who fills up the stat sheet, he's the guy who makes the sacrificial cuts, sets a screen, makes the extra pass to set up an assist, makes the open shot and does the little things that it takes to win.