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Brian Scalabrine in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Brian Scalabrine has greatly contributed to the popularity of basketball throughout the world. He may be the greatest benchwarmer in the history of basketball. Brian wasn't just a landmark, he was also, and still is, an inspiration to all the benchwarmers out there aspiring to become professional basketball players. His clutchness, his never-give-up attitude and his courage was, and still is, the greatest legacy he gave to the international basketball community. Even if he rarely played, the White Mamba had a long 10-years career. Why? Because he never gave up. Because he was a warrior. An inspiration. As the website Bleacher Report said it, (http://tinyurl.com/9gfypz5), "there are arguably few other players who are as knowledgeable about the game than he is. By spending most of his career watching from the bench, he has come to understand the game in a way very few players can. In this way, he is very valuable to coaches." He gave way more to the game than 3.1 PPG. He gave us an exemple. He gave us an inspiration. And most of all, he gave us fans. Many kids started to follow basketball when they first heard of Brian Scalabrine. A benchwarmer power forward who is able to shoot threes? Let's check this out on YouTube. And more and more, people filled the arenas. The fans celebrated each of his shots. He became a figure, a landmark. He popularized the game in his own way. People loved him. The man. The legend. The White Mamba. We ask the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to consider the former NBA player Brian Scalabrine as a contributor to the game for his influence on the game and the inspiration he was to all of us.

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