Who needs Mike Malone when you can have Brian Sacalabrine?
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Scalabrine has been in discussions with Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and team management regarding joining the team as an assistant coach.
Scalabrine retired in 2012 after playing 11 seasons in the NBA. He turned down an offer to become an assistant with the Chicago Bulls last season, instead pursuing a broadcasting career with the Boston Celtics (here he is interviewing Kevin Garnett).
He was undoubtedly one of the most popular players in the league towards the end of his career. He only saw playing time during “garbage minutes,” and would get a rousing cheer from the fans.
Bulls broadcaster Stacey King gave him the nickname, “The White Mamba,” and his commentary here is hilarious:
Prior to the Bulls, Scalabrine spent the first nine years of his career with the Nets and Celtics, and was a role player for much of his career.
The Warriors are currently looking for an assistant after Malone departed to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. In all seriousness, Scalabrine has been around the league for a while, and can use his experience to mentor younger players.
Plus, which team wouldn’t want to have a legend like Brian Scalabrine on their coaching staff?