Scalabrine, Smart lead fun at Seeds of Peace | LEWISTON SUN JOURNAL
OTISFIELD — The chant of “Mam-ba, Mam-ba” started as Brian Scalabrine sliced through the crowd and exchanged high fives.
It built until its crescendo could be heard across Pleasant Lake as Scalabrine stood triumphantly before 200 campers, counselors and on-lookers at Seeds of Peace. Making what he estimated was his 12th appearance at the camp on a sun-splashed Friday, the former Boston Celtics forward known as “The White Mamba” had the crowd of teenagers from some of the world’s most dangerous places in the palm of his hand.
Although he is typically accompanied by high draft picks and future NBA superstars at the camp’s annual “Play for Peace” basketball clinic, Scalabrine, who spent five years of his 11-year career as a backup forward in Boston, is always the star in the campers’ eyes.
It doesn’t matter that most of them were still in diapers when he was an NBA rookie and also started making the annual trek to the western Maine foothills, organized by sports agent Arn Tellem. Scalabrine gets the camp’s mission and understands his role in seeing it is carried out.
“Obviously, there are a lot of things going on in the world,” said Scalabrine, “and the idea of Seeds of Peace is to get these kids in here young and realizing there are a lot of things we can talk about and we can build,” Scalabrine said.