20 May 2012
“I’ll play in the NBA as long as I can,” said Scalabrine, who’s working the Celts playoffs for CSN now that the Bulls have been eliminated. “I’ll get cut one day. That’s just the only way I can really go. To just retire would be like quitting to me. They’ll have to kick me out.”
“What I've realized as I've got older is that coaches have a lot of control over what goes on, but it’s hard,” he said. “In the NBA, sometimes you get dealt a bad hand or you've got a team that turns on you.
“That didn't seem like a life that I wanted to live or a road that I wanted to go down. But with talking to our coaches (with the Bulls) and even with Doc (Rivers), it’s more about the relationships you build. Doc’s relationship with Kevin (Garnett) and (Rajon) Rondo and even me, who never really played much — those are bonds. I still have a bond with Doc. I think that’s the thing that’s kind of pulling me back toward (NBA coaching). It’s that camaraderie that you get with a team in basketball.”
Funny how Scal is an analyst covering the Celtics while still being on contract with the Bulls.
Brian's contract ends soon with our beloved Bulls and will be on the free agent market this summer. Scalabrine only saw 4.4 minutes of action in 28 games this season while averaging just 1.1 points. Remember this is the same Brian Scalabrine that was a pivotal part of the Celtics' playoff run to the second round in 2009 without Kevin Garnett.
I definitely see The White Mamba being a coach in the NBA someday and think it'd be great for him. However, I can't help but imagining him alongside guys like Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Chris Broussard and Michael Wilbon on NBA Countdown. Or even tuning into the NBA on TNT with Shaq, Charles, Kenny "The Jet" Smith and Ernie Johnson to see Scal featured as well.
Only time will tell.
Scalabrine is an enigma. He seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place in the Bulls' rotation. Brian is a great mentor, culture guy and fan -- as well as league -- favorite. So, with all of that said, don't be surprised to see Chicago ink him to another deal.
Brian concluded his word to The Boston Herald with these:
“Whatever happens, I don’t think I’ll leave basketball, even if I just do color commentary on games. I don’t really think I’d be a very good studio guy, but I think I could do a really good job with color commentary.”
So color commentary or coaching after he hangs it up? Comment below with your thoughts.
My final diagnostic: Coach for a few years (maybe two) and then settle at TNT, ESPN or more than likely a Celtics specific TV announcer. (I don't know what it is, but he still seems attached at the hip with the boys from Beantown.)
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