Veal's Deal: We'll show 'em
By Brian Scalabrine (as told to Chris Corbellini)
Special to YES Network Online
January 27, 2004
Editor's note: After select games, New Jersey Nets forward Brian Scalabrine will provide his assessment of the game.
PHILADELPHIA — Our guys went out there and played Nets basketball the way it ought to be. We were tough defensively, found the hot hand in Richard Jefferson and kept feeding him. Overall, we just seemed a lot smoother tonight for Coach Frank during his first night in charge.
We each had a one-on-one meeting with Coach before the game, and he told me a lot of people told him he couldn't be assistant coach here, let alone a head coach. Then, in front of everyone before the game, he told me that a lot people thought I couldn't make it to this level, but here I am. He then told Tamar (Slay) that a lot of people thought he didn't have enough electricity to make it, but here he is. So it kind of got all of us motivated to prove the naysayers wrong. We were all fired up tonight for the Sixers, one through 12.
I got an opportunity when Rodney (Rogers) got into foul trouble, and I knew I had to do something to impress him. So I did — I got two boards and made a three-point play, and that was exactly what he was looking for. He's been stressing the bench needs to make more of a contribution, and with some new players coming in we'll be that much more dangerous.
Say what you want about Coach Frank and his lack of experience, but we'll do whatever it takes to win ballgames for him. A lot of people say we're done and not going to go anywhere now. We're going to prove all of them wrong.