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  • A viral video shows Brian Scalabrine beating a high schooler in a game of 1-on-1
  • Scalabrine is an NBA champion with the Boston Celtics
  • Scalabrine played 11 seasons in the NBA, averaging 3.1 points

NBA players are, obviously, some of the best basketball players in the whole world.

Whether he’s a franchise player or the 12th man on the roster, there’s a reason why these guys are in the league and being paid millions of dollars to play one of the most popular sports in the world.

Unfortunately, fans tend to forget that even the least-used NBA player trains on a daily basis and is more talented--on so many levels--than the average joe who hoops on Sundays.

A high school hooper found this out the hard way.

In a video that has been making the rounds on social media, a high schooler challenged NBA champion Brian Scalabrine to a game of 1-on-1.

Given that the 43-year old Scalabrine has been retired for nearly a decade now, it would be easy to underestimate how good he still is.

It didn’t take long for Scalabrine to show why he was in the NBA for over a decade.

The high schooler had his moments on defense, but Scalabrine ultimately walked away with an 11-0 victory and a pair of new sneakers according to the wager.

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Brian Scalabrine goes 1 on 1 with a high school player Screenshot

Scalabrine played 11 seasons in the NBA and was part of the 2008 Boston Celtics squad that won the NBA championship.

The retired player was, for all intents and purposes, never a franchise player. He wasn’t even a starter or a role player. Averaging just 13 minutes played for his career, Scalabrine was a rotation guy and at times a human victory cigar.

While seldom used, he was a huge fan-favorite and was affectionately called “The White Mamba,” an homage to the late Kobe Bryant’s “The Black Mamba” moniker.

Scalabrine was drafted 35th overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 2001 NBA Draft. He played four seasons for the franchise, averaging nearly four points per game.

He then moved to Boston in 2005 and played five seasons with the Celtics, norming just under three points per outing. Scalabrine went on to play his final two seasons with the Chicago Bulls before retiring in 2012.

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