Who needs Mike Malone now?
The Golden State Warriors have hired Brian Scalabrine as an assistant coach, according to head coach Mark Jackson:
— Mark Jackson (@JacksonMark13) July 9, 2013
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 were 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?