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Okay, this may be the greatest installment to “THE DEBATE” ever! In the fourth edition of the series, we have two legendary greats going toe-to-toe, Michael “Air” Jordan and Brian “The White Mamba” Scalabrine”.

We don't need to compare the two in five different categories this time.

Nicknames:

Brian Scalabrine:

  • White Mamba
  • The man, the myth, the legend
  • Flight Scal
  • Air Scal

Michael Jordan:

  • His Airiness
  • Air Jordan
  • M.J.
  • Mike
  • Flight 23
  • Jump-man 23

If you can't tell nicknames matter. Notice Scalabrine's for instance, “The man, the myth, the legend”, that could be the reason as to why Brian is just so unstoppable. I know what you are saying, his stats aren't that good.

This is why...

It was rumored that once Scalabrine announced he was going pro and entering the NBA Draft, David Stern got very scared of his abilities. Stern noticed that Scalabrine had a special talent that nobody could derail. So, Stern acted quickly and told every team that Brian Scalabrine's playing time must be limited to stop such dominance in the NBA. Before Scal ever got to play a single he was already stopped.

In Jordan's fourth year he averaged 35 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and nearly 2 blocks per game. That isn't even close to Scalabrine's fourth season. Brian started to get more playing time than he was supposed to, so he started showing his presence in the league. Averaging 6.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game, Scalabrine took the league by storm. Sooner than many realized Brian was back on the bench, Stern forced him to sit more. It was getting out of control. It was reported many years ago that Scalabrine once dropped 100 points in a private team practice with the Boston Celtics. Coach Doc Rivers was just wanting to start Brian Scalabrine because of this, yet again Stern stopped it.

So, if you can't tell who is better now, you need to understand one thing, Brian “The White Mamba” Scalabrine is the better player. I once said that you can throw any name into the comparison and Jordan will win, well not this time Mike.

You now know who the greatest of all time is, Brian Scalabrine the floor is now yours...

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T.J. Watson is a 16-year-old sports writer from Illinois. Watson, a huge Bulls fan,  is an aspiring NBA coach or GM. T.J. is very well versed in the game of hoops and has sound knowledge.