LYNDON CENTER — The playoff success of the Boston Celtics last year disrupted the Caledonian-Record’s guest speaker plan for the annual Northern New Hampshire & Northeast Kingdom Yearly High School Sports Awards banquet.
Brian Scalabrine, former NBA player with the Celtics and current TV analyst for team coverage, was all set to make the trip to NVU-Lyndon on May 27, 2018, and deliver the keynote at the newspaper’s event dedicated to honoring our region’s exceptional athletes. The Celtics had other plans for him as they played all the way to game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals. They ended up losing that game to the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers the same night the Record held its banquet.
Neither his Celtics coverage nor the calendar will work against Scalabrine’s appearance this year as the newspaper has moved the annual event into the summer.
“We’re excited to finally get Brian to our event. He’s an NBA Champion, a fan favorite and someone that the kids will be excited about so we’ve been looking at him for a few years now,” said Glen Jardine, event organizer at the newspaper.
Since its inception in 2015, the awards banquet has always been held on the Sunday prior to Memorial Day. This year, the event will happen on July 10, and Scalabrine will speak to the gathering of honored high school athletes, coaches and proud, supportive family members.
“The timing of the event has always been difficult,” said Jardine. “With graduations, proms and the spring sports season still in full swing we decided that we could do the awards more justice by pushing it into the summer. This also gives us the opportunity to add the spring playoff season as a factor in our awards selection process.”
As always, the event will be dedicated to recognizing the top high school athletes in every sport from the newspaper’s core coverage area in the Northeast Kingdom and North Country of New Hampshire.
Said Jardine, “The NNEKYS were created to honor the incredible achievements of our local high school athletes. Most have been working hard their entire lives to ascend to this level, balancing work, school and sports on the way. We use this night to treat them like the VIPs that they are.”
In addition to the distribution of awards, the celebration will include a catered meal and a red carpet photo session for any interested attendees; Scalabrine will be available for the photo shoot.
For more event information, go online to nneky.org or call Jardine at The Caledonian-Record at 748-8121.
About Brian Scalabrine
Often referred to as “The White Mamba” Scalabrine was a popular player throughout his NBA career, especially while wearing the Celtic Green.
He was born March 18, 1978 in Long Beach, Calif. as one of four children. He grew up in Enumclaw, Wash. After high school he attended and played basketball at Highline College in Washington. He transferred to the University of Southern California in 1998 after red-shirting his sophomore year. Scalabrine led the Trojans in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. He also received the 1999 Pac-10 newcomer of the Year Award and was named to the All-Pac 10 first team, NABC All-District 15 first team, and Sporting News All-American Honorable Mention. In 2001, Scalabrine led the Trojans to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament where they lost to Duke.
The New Jersey Nets selected Scalabrine 34th overall in the 2001 NBA draft. He played four seasons with the Nets, until he signed with the Boston Celtics in 2005. While Scalabrine averaged 12.9 minutes and 2.7 points per game during his time with the Celtics, he was popular and loved by the Boston fans. He was also a part of the 2008 NBA Finals Champion team and the 2010 NBA Finals Runner-up team.
Scalabrine left the Celtics and played two years with the Chicago Bulls before officially retiring in 2012. After a stint with the Golden State Warriors in 2013 as an assistant coach, he announced his return “home” to Boston to become a Comcast SportsNet announcer. Now an analyst for the Boston Celtics, Scalabrine lives in Boston with his wife Kristen and their three children.