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USC basketball legend Brian Scalabrine goes viral for still being a baller

Mar 24, 2021, 3:44 PM PDT
USC basketball legend Brian Scalabrine.
USC basketball legend Brian Scalabrine. / Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
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USC basketball legend Brian Scalabrine went viral by dominating a high school kid who thought he could stand up to the White Mamba. He couldn't.

The timing of Brian Scalabrine's viral moment couldn't be more fitting.

With the USC basketball within touching distance of a first Elite Eight appearance since 2001, one of the heroes of that March Madness run is now the talk of the internet.

On Tuesday, a video emerged of Scalabrine, now a 43-year-old Celtics analyst, absolutely schooling a high school basketball player who wagered a pair of shoes against him.

The White Mamba's still got it

Brian Scalabrine was really, really good with USC basketball

Thanks to his red hair and loveable attitude, Scalabrine became something of a cult hero in the NBA. But it's worth remembering he was an exceptional player for the Trojans before that.

He was USC's second-leading scorer in 2001 behind Sam Clancy as the Trojans roared through the NCAA Tournament. When USC took down No. 2 seed Kentucky, he had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Nor was Scalabrine a one-season contributor. He averaged double-digit scoring in each of his three seasons and was impressively consistent from start to finish. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999-2000. His true shooting percentage is the highest in USC history. He still ranks sixth all-time in field goal percentage, ninth in points per game, and fourth in free-throw percentage. USC could use his 77 percent reliability these days.

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Scalabrine went on to a decade-long NBA career, winning a title with the Celtics. You don't manage that, even with limited minutes, without being a good basketball player. Even a guy with a 3.1 points per game career scoring average could put most amateurs to shame.

That high school kid learned that the hard way, but he won't be quick to forget it.

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