Now that the Celtics have won, the rhetoric coming from some of the most significant contributors to the title makes us wonder:
Are the Black Irish being forced to acknowledge and laud the contributions of the white players at the end of the bench?
“It’s not going to be the three of us that are ultimately going to win the championship,” Ray Allen continued. “It took all 15 players. Scot Pollard contributed before he went down, and Brian Scalabrine was big, stepping up when we needed him. The things guys like that did for us as a team allowed us to shape this team.
Are we to believe that Allen, who tied a Finals record for most 3 pointers in a game and broke the record for 3 pointers in a series, spoke this propaganda on his own accord? Are we to believe that any of the top 10 players on the Celtics believe that Scalabrine or Pollard played any larger role on this team than simply appeasing the White Boston Sports Fan base?
Perhaps the most revealing indicator of the Scalabrine/Pollard factor is this:
Though he (Scalabrine) sat on the bench in street clothes, the forward ran into the locker room just prior to the end of the game and put on his uniform for the postgame celebration.
Certainly, the White Boston Sports Fans needed at least one pale skinned, Lurch-like 'hero' to be in a Celtics uniform when photographs were taken for posterity.
“I’ll tell you, it’s not that difficult to do,” he said. “Guess what? Maybe 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,” said Scalabrine. “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.”
So, the White Boston Sports Fans will get their wish. And another unathletic white guy will be added to the legend of the Boston Celtics greats: Havlicek, Cousy, Cowens, Heinson, McHale, Bird, etc....
And now, Brian Scalabrine. MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals.
Yet another example of revisionist, 'American' history...and the quest to erase the accomplishments of the Negro.