Brian Scalabrine’s “I’m Coming Home” Letter Is Why We Love Him

If you haven’t seen it, Brian Scalabrine’s spoof of LeBron’s letter is making the rounds today.  Scal is returning to Boston to be a full time broadcaster alongside Mike Gorman, and it’s going to be amazing.  The letter isn’t the kind of thing that I need to analyze a ton, because its awesomeness speaks for itself.  Scalabrine isn’t originally from Boston, but now he’ll always be one of us.  As much of a spoof as the letter was, he still proved he wants to call Boston home.  If he’s not one of the most lovable Celtics ever in your mind, then there’s something wrong with you.

Best lines from the letter:

  • “Remember when I spurned the Celtics and signed with the Chicago Bulls in 2010?  Actually I begged Ainge to keep me and he wished me the best of luck.”
  • “I’ve learned a great deal in my time spent with four franchises…actually five if you count my stint in Italy because of the lockout. What was the purpose of the lockout again?”  (I support any and all quotes that call out how much of a joke the lockout was.)
  • “But then I was sent down to the D-League where we flew to Hidalgo, TX on commercial flights with no first class sitting next to a 7’2” center named Ognjen Kuzmic.  There was nothing magical happening down there, no matter how much we came together. And that’s when I knew it was time to come home.”
  • “I took the ball, took their pride, and showed them what the White Mamba was all about.”
  • “Even Bill Simmons has wanted me back for quite some time.  I’ve met with Bill, face-to-face, man-to-man.  We’ve hashed it out. Bill fist pumped on the air during this year’s NBA Draft.  Everybody makes mistakes.  I’ve made mistakes as well – I once mispronounced Omer Asik’s name in Chicago. Who am I to hold a grudge?”
  • “But this is not about the roster or the organization.  Thinking twice about it, it really is about the organization.  Does it get any better than the Celtics?  I feel my calling here goes above basketball – get it…calling… double meaning?  They call that a pun.”
  • “In Boston, nothing is given.  Remember in the movie The Departed when Francis Costello said, ‘No one gives it to you.  You have to take it.’  That was a great scene and a great Boston movie.”
  • “I’m ready to accept the Scallenge. Boston, I’m coming home.”

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