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Brian Scalabrine’s Celtics highlights

Nearly three years after he last donned the uniform, Boston retains a special bond with Scal.

Forward Brian Scalabrine takes the MBTA commuter rail to North Station.

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Forward Brian Scalabrine takes the MBTA commuter rail to North Station.

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Scalabrine got a spray tan.

February 28, 2007 A season before the Big Three, Boston hosts the Knicks in a matchup of two storied franchises mired at the bottom of the standings. Proving he’s more than an affable redhead who can keep a seat warm, Scal drains four 3-pointers and erupts for 14 points in the second quarter.

June 17, 2008 Following Boston’s win over the Lakers to clinch its 17th NBA title, a champagne-drenched Scal mounts the dais for a one-man press conference. Perplexed, a European reporter asks him about not playing “even one little second” in the series. Scal: “Maybe now you could say I didn’t play a second, but in five years, you guys are going to forget. In 10 years, I’ll still be a champion. In 20 years, I’ll tell my kids I probably started, and in 30 years I’ll probably tell them I got the MVP. So I’m probably not too worried about it.”

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October 28, 2009 After spraining an ankle tripping over a cameraman in an exhibition game, Scal is considered off-limits by coach Doc Rivers. Still, fans cheer so deliriously for him to be included in this blowout win over Charlotte that Rivers has to send him to the showers.

February 24, 2010 Making good on a promise with the Toucher and Rich show to get a spray tan if he receives 250,000 fan votes for the All-Star Game, Scalabrine strips to the waist on camera. “I feel very violated right now,” he says.

May 7, 2010 Prior to Game 3 of the Conference Semifinals against Cleveland, Scal underscores his everyman status by riding the commuter rail to the Garden. He will play just 51 more seconds in a Boston uniform before heading to Chicago (where he will promptly win over a new city by jokingly demanding, as a condition of his contract, that a statue of himself be erected next to Michael Jordan’s).

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