HoopsHype Brian Scalabrine rumors

September 26, 2012 Updates

The last question for you. Where do you picture yourself in, let’s say, ten years from now? Brian Scalabrine: That’s a good question, but I will answer that question for you -I’m not a long-term planner, I’m more a short-term planner. I have that kind of mindset -what can I do now, what can I do to improve. But ten years from now I picture myself being a color commentator for the Boston Celtics, following the team around. Still working on my job, getting better and better. If I could do that for the next ten years or the next thirty years I would be really happy. That’s my new goal now, be attached to basketball and learning from new players and stuff like that. That’s what I think now but hey, maybe I’ll play again in Europe and who know (laughs). To be honest with you I really miss playing in Europe. It was so awarding to get to play so many minutes. I miss playing forty minutes there, going to practice every day… I really miss that. Zona Dos Tres

You are kind of a star for the NBA fans, and in the Internet too. How do you feel about the love that fans give to you? Brian Scalabrine: Yeah it is kind of weird, you know? They love me in Treviso, they love me in New Jersey, they love me in Boston, they love me in Chicago too. I just -I don’t know whether they liked me because I’m kind of an underdog or because I did it good when I came out of the bench. I don’t really understand why they love me. I do know that there are a lot of hands up out there that I truly appreciate. A guy like me -you know, I have a pretty great life now, but when I was a kid I gave up my life to basketball. When I was in college I was not hanging out at parties or anything -I just focused on basketball and when I made it to the NBA I was still focus on basketball. But you know, it was a great life for me and I really enjoy it and I truly like it. Feel the heat of the game, knowing different cultures, talking to people and media, learning from players back in the 70s and from now. But I had to work really hard to achieve everything I ever had. So I don’t know if all those people understand how hard I had to work in order to make it to the NBA and the amount of dedication I put on it .If they do and they like me for that well I appreciate that love, but if they don’t and for they I’m a kind of a joke or something -I don’t want that love, you know. Zona Dos Tres

September 6, 2012 Updates
August 28, 2012 Updates

When NBA training camps open in a little over a month, there's a good chance that like the last two seasons, Brian Scalabrine will be in Deerfield, Ill., at the Berto Center with the Bulls--just not as a player. According to sources familiar with the situation, the fan favorite is in line to join Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff for the upcoming season, CSNChicago.com has learned. CSN Chicago

August 13, 2012 Updates

Forget Michael and Magic and Wilt and Oscar and Kobe and LeBron. Sure, they have been some of the greatest players in the history of professional basketball. But they had incredible physical skills, amazing quickness and jumping ability, lithe and sinewy physiques capable of amazing movements. Though few truly heard the acclaim of fans during games quite like Brian Scalabrine. And if Scal’s going out, it’s with a chant and not a murmur. “I’d be discouraged if I just quit,” said Scalabrine, who remains without an NBA team after being told by the Bulls he will not be invited to return. “Everyone keeps telling me it’s not quitting (taking an already offered TV job). But I want someone to tell me, ‘We don’t want you.’ I’ve always been a tough cut to make. I want someone to tell me I’m not good enough. I just want to see what happens.” NBA.com

I caught up with Scal the other day as he was doing an appearance at the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy in suburban Lisle. He’s got an offer in Europe, but now has a family with two kids. He doesn’t want to leave them. He’s got a nice TV offer in Boston after doing TV playoff work. Friends say to take it and don’t look back. But Scalabrine isn’t exactly someone who ever listened to the consensus. Because if he did, he never would have been in the Finals four times, eight times in the playoffs, and with more than a decade in the NBA totalling about $20 million in contracts. NBA.com

“I don’t get discouraged,” Scalabrine was saying when I asked him about those fans chanting his name despite such a limited contribution. “I’ve heard ‘I’m not good enough’ plenty of times. I really don’t care what people say. I don’t care if people think I’m not good. It doesn’t bother me. Because I think I am a good player. I know the game. And even now if someone says I suck as a broadcaster, I’m not going to be offended. “The way I look at it is if that’s the case (people are mocking me), then—and no disrespect—you’d have to be an idiot,” he says, getting just a tiny bit red other than in his hair. “That I won some contest to be in the NBA? Or that I don’t have to fight every day? That I’m not the first guy on the floor and the first in the weight room and the last to leave? That I haven’t been waking up 5:30 my whole life to train? I’d have to think you’d are an idiot to think I’m a joke. They might, which would be disappointing. Maybe it is that. But I know why I’m here.” NBA.com

“I don’t recall exactly the winning numbers when he started or the plus/minus, but they were crazy good,” said Thibodeau. “That’s why to me what he brings to a team is invaluable: Readiness to play, positive attitude. He can start, come off the bench, be inactive and then if you need him he’s ready. He’s smart, executes on offense and defense, is not a mistake player. Whatever role you ask him to do, he does great.” NBA.com

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"He's like that a lot, isn't he?" Gorman asked after Pietrus exited stage right. "Yeah. That's Mickael Pietrus," Bass replied. Yahoo! Sports

May 31, 2012 Updates

Now we don't know exactly what Scalabrine said to him, but Scal offered us a bit of insight into the meeting. In a nutshell: be aggressive. "Rajon, they're collapsing on you," Scalabrine said of his message to Rondo on Comcast SportsNet New England's pregame show. "Use your instincts, make plays. That's what you want to do. That's why you're so special. Your instincts are off the charts. If you see a layup, shoot a layup. If you [see] a pass, make the pass. Trust your guys: trust Ray Allen, trust Paul Pierce. And I feel like he feels that he needs to be more aggressive making basketball plays . . . If 20 shots is what it takes, that's what it takes. Rajon Rondo needs to be more aggressive in making his players around him more better." CSNNE.com

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May 19, 2012 Updates

Paul Pierce glanced across the dressing room before yesterday morning’s shootaround and spotted Brian Scalabrine, microphone in hand, interviewing Greg Stiemsma. “Smooth transition,” said Pierce. “Smooth transition.” Scalabrine is still technically a reserve forward for the Chicago Bulls, a designation that will last at least until the end of next month when his contract runs out. And while he still plans to play, it is clear that even after retiring from active duty, we will not have seen the last of the former Celtic. “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.” Boston Herald

At 34, he has had ample time to consider his hopes and options. During his five years in Boston, Scalabrine seemed to go back and forth on whether he’d pursue coaching. But that now seems like his direction. “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.” Boston Herald

“My daughter is now starting kindergarten, and you have to wonder whether it would be stressful for the family,” he said of going foreign again. “But if it was up to me, I would play as long as I could. “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.” Boston Herald

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