I apologize if this has already been brought up, but what do you guys think of Scals being an assistant coach for the Warriors? I thought Scals was an intelligent player when he played for the Celtics in the KG era, always being able to contribute in some way even though he had his steep limitations. I was even more shocked when he started announcing Celtic road-games. I thought he would just be there for comedic purposes, but his knowledge of the game, and NBA insight blew me away.
He was always known as a great team mate, and was good at meshing with egos. His best friends on the team were Rondo, KG, and Big Perk! I think this could translate very well into the coaching aspect of things, and even more so under the eye of another inspirational coach, Marc Jackson.
Even though people will mock him as a player, the guy has still been a part of 4 championship runs; Two with the Nets and two with the Celtics. During those runs he got to play with the likes of Jason KIdd, Dikembe Mutombo,Vince Carter, Zo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Derrick Rose, and was coached by Doc, Thibs, and Scott. The guy must know a thing or two about basketball, even if he was just sitting on the bench. I hope he succeeds.
*david lee goes down with injury*
Scalabrine: SIT YOUR A** DOWN, BARNES! *rips off suit* Watch and learn from the white mamba, boys.
I thought this was a joke when I read the title, guess I never really thought about it
I think what he meant by "steep limitations" was David Stern not allowing him to play more than 2 minutes in any game so he wouldn't explode for 100 points and 50 rebounds each night. Seriously, have you seen his per48 stats? Ball don't lie.
I think players that had to work really hard and had to find niches and mend with teammates turn out to be better coaches. They know how hard it is to stay and be good in the league. They also now how great players act with their egos. It's hard to learn and listen to a guy who has natural god given talents that hasn't had to work super hard and struggle on his way up.
He was excellent and candid during Celtics TV broadcasts this year....great insight.....good get for the Warriors
After watching the "Scallenge" in January he showed that he walks over amateurs, during interviews his attitude and overall basketball I.Q shrines through really well. This is a guy who has been around great company in his career. I would've thought he'd get a coaching gig but not at an NBA level I was thinking along the lines of middle-school or high-school but he must of really impressed the Warriors and good luck to him.
How many middle school coaches have had NBA careers? Common, man, Scal was pretty much a player / coach learning under Thibs and Rivers his last couple years in the league. He's way over qualified to coach middle or high school teams.
I'm not knocking him, I like the move as much as the next guy.
Penny Hardaway is a middle-school coach because he wanted to make an impact on the community. How about fired high-school coach and former NBA player Kenny Anderson, too big for high-school right? Even a former all star coach in Eddie Jordan is coaching at the high-school level now, there is no shame in working with young people or moving down the ladder.
There's no shame in wanting to make a difference in your community or old school like Jordan and Penny taking pro bono gigs, but these are guys who chose lesser jobs to give something back. Anderson ruined his life and his old school gave him a 2nd chance before he blew that by getting a DUI.
Scal was clearly a guy who wanted a coaching career after his playing days, which was very evident by his relationships with the coaches he played under. There's no shame in those pro bono prep gigs, but middle school jobs don't end up working upto NBA gigs, which was clearly Brian's goal. He's way to qualified to consider a job replacing a gym teacher who started for his high school team, coaching 8th graders if his goal is to be an NBA coach. There are brilliant basketball minds coaching all over the country at all levels, but Brian's resume and connections allow him to get a shot on a bigger stage to start his post playing career.
I hear you, you make complete sense and we're both happy that Scalabrine is in the coaching scene. Do you think he'll become a head coach someday?
I actually have high hopes for him. Some of the best coaches weren't the best players and judging by the caliber of coaches he played under and now being brought on Marc Jackson's staff he's going to continue to learn from really high level guys. I'd love to see Brian as a head coach in 10 years or so, he'll have to pay his dues, but I think he'll be an NBA head coach someday.
Wait till people see kent bazemore on the bench next year, the White Mamba will teach him even more cheering moves on the bench. Brian Scalabrine will be a great assistant head coach and could be a pretty good head coach in the future, he has always been very smart and knows how to deal with all kinds of people. which is half of the battle when coaching in the NBA.
I honestly think he could end up being a solid NBA coach. The way I see it, he had hardly any athleticism at all but still managed to have about a 10 year NBA career which proves he must have a very good knowledge of the game. Factor that into his likeability and you've got a guy who can mesh different personalities and have them playing smart basketball.
Seriously though, I think a lot of people forget this but Scalabrine was one of the best players on a USC team that made it to Elite 8 and lost to eventual national champion Duke in 2001. I remember missing that Elite 8 game as an 8 year old because I had to go to a family member's birthday and being genuinely nervous that Duke might lose.
My P.E teacher back in high school balled with Scal at USC. I asked him about Scalabrine one day and he told me how he was always in the gym working on his game, while the rest of the team was out partying.