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Brian Scalabrine
Brian Scalabrine
Position: -
Born: 03/18/78
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Earnings: $20,126,688 ($24,946,215*)
Brian Scalabrine: You can get together and make smores and sing “Kumbaya” in Los Angeles, but I don’t believe any of that stuff matters. I believe what matters is the fit on the floor and whether the players complement together. Even looking back at Miami when the Big Three went down there, they didn’t fit together for the first 20 games. But once they found their identity – with Chris Bosh taking a few steps back and Dwyane Wade taking a half-step back and LeBron James taking a half-step forward – those guys were a juggernaut, man!
Scalabrine, who played for four teams over a 12-year NBA career, said hardly anybody else stretched themselves like Allen did during shooting drills. Kyle Korver, another of Scalabrine’s former teammates, had a more meticulous method of preparation. “I hear Dirk (Nowitzki) does it. Curry’s the only other guy I’ve ever seen do the same thing,” Scalabrine said. “Curry works a little bit faster than when he plays in the game. You watch Curry and you think, ‘Man, he’s just getting that shot off so quick.’ He actually does it faster in his workouts. Those are the only two guys I’ve ever seen do that. “The catch-and-release — Ray is like catching it and seaming it and letting it fly at the last minute. The game to him, it has to be slower because of the way he works.”
His debut as a Celtics analyst came only days after he finished playing in 2012, and he seemed like a natural. Most athletes transitioning to TV have to learn on the job: smile while you’re talking; look at camera three; stop mumbling. Scalabrine, however, lit up the screen with energy, comedy and gravitas. “I find Scal to be a fascinating personality because he’s not what he appears to be,” his Celtics broadcast partner, Mike Gorman, said. “You come up to him to talk basketball and you’ll come away with a very different impression of this guy than that he was at the end of the bench and lucky to be in the league.”
When Scalabrine’s alarm goes off at 5:45 am, the 40-year-old is often already out of bed working out before starting the other half of his blossoming media career. That’s his radio show, which he co-hosts remotely from his home studio with Isola at 7 a.m. every weekday. “It’s not easy to get an ex-player, who is still really young, to be willing to work at seven in the morning every day,” Isola said. “You have to have someone who is really motivated. A lot of guys, once they get out of the league, they’re like, ‘Yeah I’ll work, but I’m not gonna get up at 6:30 to do a radio show.’”
But according to the former Net, it’s not just the league’s competitive juices that lead to the mouth-running. It also has to do with the league’s unique format. “3-on-3 is way more 1-on-1,” Scalabrine said. “Where in the NBA, rarely do you get those opportunities where one guy’s talking trash to another guy and busting him. … Just the game itself dictates more trash talking because you are on an island defensively, you do have the ball with a guy in front of you trying to score on you.”
The BIG3 is popular not because of beautiful ball-movement or complex defensive schemes. It’s more relatable than the NBA, which players fans already are familiar with. You won’t see coaches (Gary Payton) berating opposing players in the NBA, or team captains like Scalabrine calmly accepting their lack of playing time. That honesty has carved out a niche for the BIG3, so much so that Scalabrine now has Costco clerks telling him they prefer the old-man league. “Unless they see it, when they hear about it, they think it’s more Harlem Globetrotters versus Washington Generals,” Scalabrine said. “And when they see it, they realize, actually, ‘This is the way I played growing up. I’d go to the park with my boys and we’d play 3-on-3.’ And this is very very similar to that. And until they see it, that’s what they miss out on.”
Have there been guys in the league who have asked you for advice about getting into the media? Brian Scalabrine: Yeah. I tell them to decide what you want to do. If you want to do the broadcasting thing and you’re all in on it, you’re going to have to call people out and be honest. It’s not being negative. It’s saying what you feel. I can praise LeBron James for opening a school and being the smartest player in the NBA. But I can also call him out for checking out of the second half of Game 4. That’s because nothing bad is going to happen to me if I say that. A lot of people won’t do that because if they want to be a coach or a general manager, they might need LeBron for something. Don’t say anything bad if you’re going to regret it later. I don’t tell people what to do but I know these are the choices you have to make.
Former Celtics big man Brian Scalabrine, who won a title in Boston in 2008, visited the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and said that many seem to be awarding Stevens all of the credit for the Celtics’ success, and forgetting about the contributions of the players and the front office. Scalabrine: “He’s a great coach and he puts guys in a great position, but I feel like it’s a little demeaning when people don’t give credit to the players. As good of a coach as Brad Stevens is…. I think it’s a little disrespectful to the players when they win, all the credit goes to Brad. The credit should go to the players who do the work day in and day out.”
Thompson himself was aware of the rumor spread by Scalabrine but as he told ESPN’s Marc Stein, he didn’t pay much attention to it. “Steve [Kerr] and Bob [Myers] came up to me and told me it was nonsense,” Thompson told Stein on the TrueHoop podcast. “It don’t really try and pay to much mind to it, because I know how the media circus works these days. It’s a 24-hour news cycle and you have to pump out some stories. It just didn’t bother me too much. When you’re not playing as well as you should, there’s always speculation. So I let people speculate, the media speculate.”
Before that revelation, though, Scalabrine’s position covering the Celtics and the fact he spent a season as an assistant coach in Golden State gave his words some weight. And, unsurprisingly, they caught like wildfire, to the point where he started a group text message chain with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Warriors general manager Bob Myers. On Wednesday night, Scalabrine read the Globe the text he sent to Myers and Ainge. “Hey guys wanted to clarify with you two,” the message read. “Read about trade rumors three days ago. People assume that because I talk to you guys and our relationship [that there is validity]. I just talked about the trade from a basketball standpoint. Sorry that I created this situation for both of you guys. I talk about rumors every day. This one seemed to catch fire for obvious reasons.”
Storyline: Klay Thompson Trade?
Former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine detailed how he was forced off Mark Jackson’s staff during a tumultuous 2013-14 season in an interview on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski released Wednesday. Scalabrine spoke about the events during and after the Warriors’ 99-90 loss at home on March 22 to the San Antonio Spurs, who were missing Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, that precipitated his dismissal. Asked after the game if there was a reason for a longer-than-usual arrival to his postgame press conference, Jackson said, “No, just talking, that’s all…I was talking to my staff. We were just talking basketball. That’s all.”
“Clearly you could see there was a lot of dysfunction, whatever. But his exit meeting comes into basically Mark saying like, ‘I’ve got to let you go.’ And me on the same time basically saying, ‘You know there’s only 11 games left (before the playoffs).’ Like not only am I worried about my reputation, and I’m not really worried about his reputation. I’m just kind of informing him like you don’t come out squeaky clean on something like this. You don’t just along the way just like dismiss one of your assistant coaches and think that nothing is going to happen. Like, there’s still going to be some fallout from this. Then we started getting into the talk of team and how I thought that they were really good, and he thought that they were not good as they really are. And at the end of the day, I got fired, and I went to the D League, and it was an adventure. The biggest thing I was like so surprised about was I had another year on my deal, and I offered. I said, ‘Listen, you can have all your money back. If you’re back next year, I’ll just go and do something else. It’s totally fine. This is not a good fit for me and you. But along the way, we don’t have ruin my reputation nor do we have to ruin your reputation.’ As a way of pleading to him like, ‘Do not do this, right?’ No. Didn’t care.”
Scalabrine went viral during an in-studio appearance for FOX Sports 1 last December, when he recalled a legendary story of Kevin Garnett defeating Glen Davis in an arm wrestling match on the team plane. As a result of his recent success, Scalabrine will begin an online video series with Yahoo! Sports dubbed, “The White Mamba Minute.” “Some of it’s fun. Some of it’s going to be informative. They really buy into my personality,” Scalabrine says. One of the first videos features Scalabrine arguing that elite NBA superstars actually aren’t paid enough. There will be a running gambit called, “The Prestigious Redhead of the Week.” “Blake Griffin wins it every week,” Scalabrine cracks. “And then Matt Bonner wins it one time. So I’ll be like, ‘Let’s update our scoreboard! The update is: Blake Griffin, 36 weeks in a row; and, Matt Bonner… still at zero! Back to you guys!’”
Everyone loves the “White Mamba” nickname, but what are some other names you picked up during your playing career?-Matt Brian Scalabrine: Veal Scallopini kind of caught on for a while. My closest friends just call me Scal. I’ve had some nicknames that I hoped would stick but didn’t. For example, I liked “The Vanilla Godzilla,” personally. But no other name caught on quite like White Mamba. I mean, it really is the perfect nickname for me.
What is it like to have spent part of your professional career as essentially human victory cigar? You spent your whole life becoming a serious professional athlete, so was it weird when fans considered it a novelty when you came into the game?-Michael Brian Scalabrine: I wish I would have embraced it more in Boston than I did. When I was with the Celtics, I thought it was a little disrespectful when the starters would bust their ass to get us at a 15-point lead, and then fans would start chanting my name. I felt like it deflected attention away from the team. I didn’t really get it.
Do you have any regrets from your NBA career? What’s something you’re particularly proud of?-Vince One thing I was particularly proud of was my winning percentage as a starter. It was around 62% or 63%. I was proud of that because of the caliber of player I’d be asked to replace in the lineup. In New Jersey, I’d be filling in for Kenyon Martin, and in Boston, I’d be backing up KG and Kendrick. When I played alongside starter-caliber players, the team did well, and that meant a lot to me.
“Paul’s trash talk was devastating because he’s so witty and smart,” Scalabrine added. “I mean, the guy is off the charts smart. It’s one thing to say something outrageous or offensive to throw someone off, but I would hear Paul just cut through guys with his words. And the fact that he was so respected made his insults hurt even more. “Nobody wants to get told they’re human garbage by The Truth.”
The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination event in which the winning team will earn $1 million, will feature more than 40 former NBA players, including Royce White, Nate Robinson and Brian Scalabrine. The event began a year ago with a prize of $500,000 and featured 55 teams. This season, the field will include 97 teams after the open application process closed last week. The tournament will begin July 10-12, and the field will be split up into four regions: Philadelphia (Northeast), Atlanta (South), Chicago (Midwest) and Los Angeles (West).
The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination event in which the winning team will earn $1 million, will feature more than 40 former NBA players — including Royce White, Nate Robinson and Brian Scalabrine. The event began a year ago with a prize of $500,000 and featured 55 teams. This season, the field will include 97 teams after the open application process closed last week. The tournament will begin July 10-12 and the field will be split up into four regions — Philadelphia (Northeast), Atlanta (South), Chicago (Midwest) and Los Angeles (West).
This past season there were a few assistant coaches that were fired or demoted in the middle of the season – Lawrence Frank, Brian Scalabrine… As a high-profile assistant coach yourself, how do you navigate those waters between really saying and doing what you want to do without stepping on anybody else’s toes? Bill Bayno: Staff chemistry is so important. I’ve always said that if I, as an assistant, can’t get along with the other assistants, or can’t be able to agree to disagree, then I’m being disloyal to the head coach and the organization. I don’t know what happened over those places, but I think the biggest thing is that you can’t have an ego. It has to be about the team.
Scalabrine outlined some of those differences in an interview on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Thursday in his third radio interview in as many days that touched on his stint with the Warriors. “We had a very difference of opinion as far as what it takes to push and win a championship,” said Scalabrine, who as a player won an NBA title with Boston. “I don’t think championships are given out. I think championships are earned, and I just felt like along the way we thought…something was going to happen. Like it’s OK to be average. It’s OK to be .500. It’s OK to be an eighth seed, ninth seed, or move our way up to a sixth seed. I mean, that’s just not the right mentality if you’re trying to win with a team with a lot of young players.
Scalabrine offered examples of how he disagreed with Jackson on how to challenge players “to be great,” including All-Star guard Stephen Curry, who Scalabrine said wasn’t given the opportunity at times to do more on defense to the player’s detriment because of Jackson. “Taking the easy way out, right?” Scalabrine said. “Like putting (Curry) on not the best player, and that wasn’t his decision. That’s not Steph Curry’s responsibility. Steph wanted to guard Chris Paul. He wanted to guard Tony Parker. I can guarantee you. Everyone that knows Steph Curry knows that he’s like an elite competitor. “But as a staff, Coach Jackson made that decision in saying, ‘Hey, I’m not going to challenge this guy. I’m not going to push this guy to be better on both ends of the floor. I want to save him for the offensive end.’ Look, I think Steph Curry if he was challenged day in and day out to defend, if you want to win a championship, you have to be able to defend your position.”
“Mark gave me a great opportunity to be on the bench, and then when I got there, I think to win in this league you have to drive and push, and I feel like the players will respond to that,” Scalabrine said. “And I think that was the biggest thing about this disappointment in our staff as a staff, right? We could have done more, and we didn’t, and I think he kind of sensed that. “At the end of the day, to say it was a difference of philosophy, a difference of opinion, I mean, that’s really what it was. And I’m so used to seeing like a Doc Rivers and a Tom Thibodeau (his former coaches), and it kind of threw me for like kind of a loop and a surprise that it was not as hard-pressing as I thought it was going to be.”
Scalabrine, whose differences with Jackson led to his reassignment to the Santa Cruz Warriors in March, told 98.5 The Sports Hub there was no shortage of coaching jobs available to him as he returned to Comcast SportsNet New England to broadcast Boston Celtics games in order to spend more time with his wife and three children. “At the end of the day, when they hired Coach Kerr, the ownership offered me a chance to interview, and at that point, I realized they really wanted me to stay within the organization and be a coach at whatever position, whether it was a bench coach or player development,” Scalabrine said in his first statements to the media since his reassignment. “And I just felt like at the time, it probably wasn’t the best move.”
Just because LeBron James’ letter to Cleveland was a pitch-perfect public relations move, doesn’t mean The Defection isn’t ripe for parody, mockery and the fairly obvious criticism that going home is nice, but only if home is a place that has the trade assets to get Kevin Love. Thanks to Brian Scalabrine, an 11-year NBA veteran best known for his red hair, bench celebrations and one-on-one challenges with fans, we have our first genuine LeBron letter parody. It doesn’t disappoint.
In order to quash any doubts about his ailing back and reassert himself as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Joel Embiid needed to impress NBA scouts and executives on hand at a group workout Friday in Los Angeles. And that’s exactly what the 7-footer from Cameroon did. “I did not see any issues with his back,” one veteran NBA scout on hand at the workout told SNY.tv. “He looked very agile and athletic.” “He looks great,” a second scout said. “Running, jumping, dunking, bent up like a pretzel in warmups and stretching exercises. Had two ex-NBA bigs [Brian Scalabrine and Will Perdue] banging on him underneath. He passed the eyeball test big time. Move him up. “He helped himself today.”
Last off-season, when Mike Malone took the Kings’ head coaching job, Lacob and Myers approached Jackson about getting another experienced assistant to serve as his chief deputy. Jackson fought hard to promote from within (Pete Myers). The new assistant added to replace Malone — Brian Scalabrine — was at the end of the coaching bench. This decision set the tone, more than any personal squabble over where Jackson would live or where an assistant would park, for how his season would be evaluated.
Jackson addressed the circumstances surrounding both Scalabrine and Erman in detail with the NBA’s Sirius XM radio station on Wednesday. Although he chose not to mention either man by name, Jackson referenced “disrespect” from Scalabrine and referred to Erman’s behavior as “inexcuseable.” The 49-year-old Jackson admitted that he regretted not taking action earlier in response to Scalabrine’s behavior while also suggesting that Erman was guilty of disloyalty. “The one that was demoted [Scalabrine], I would have had handled it six weeks, a month, two months earlier. The things that took place from his side, I would have nipped it in the bud initially. That’s my fault for allowing it to go on. I’m pretty much a guy, just like ministry, I try to show you a different way of handling it. Hope that seeing me handle your disrespect, you’ll come around and realize this isn’t the way to handle it. Fortunately for me, it works for a lot of folks, there are some folks that just won’t get it and you have to handle them differently. I would do that differently.
Kirk Lacob, who helps the team with a variety of basketball analytics, among other things, also caught Jackson’s ire for discussing basketball-related issues with players. The “difference in philosophy” with Scalabrine has been well documented, including the allegation that one source of Scalabrine’s frustration was the coaching staff’s lack of attention to detail.
Ultimate judgments should still be reserved because the second half of the story has yet to unfold. Jackson’s personality rubbed ownership and management the wrong way, and they grew tired of the silliness that took place on his coaching staff. Two assistant coaches, Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman, were removed during the season as distrust from all corners spread. No one seemed to care anymore that Jackson had his players behind him or that he led the way in a surprising second round playoff appearance in 2013 or that the Warriors posted their best regular season record since the 1993-94 campaign while executing on Lacob’s top priority of improving the team defensively (third in points allowed per possession).
Multiple league sources confirmed the gist of Broussard’s report, and that Erman was concerned Mark Jackson and other coaches loyal to Jackson were insulting Erman to other players behind Erman’s back. The team had no choice but to fire Erman. However, the front office is fond of Erman and was upset at having to let him go, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The Erman firing and demotion of Brian Scalabrine have raised tensions throughout the Warriors’ organization.
Sources say the move was made because Scalabrine exhibited a consistent pattern of disrespect toward Jackson and the other coaches. Mainly, he ignored and refused to speak with the other basketball coaches. At one point, Scalabrine went five weeks without speaking to Jackson, one source said. Scalabrine even avoided the coaches on the team plane, sitting in a separate section, according to one source.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Jackson was advised to wait until the offseason to part ways with Scalabrine because it wouldn’t cause such a commotion then. Instead, he insisted that Scalabrine — who is very friendly with Lacob (he played for the Boston Celtics when Lacob was a minority owner there) and Warriors general manager Bob Myers (who had been Scalabrine’s player agent) — needed to be sent to the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Warriors now. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation.
“Sometimes when you’re a coach and you’re part of the staff you have to know when to say things and when not to say things. I think it’s probably a good learning experience for Scal. A head coach needs one hundred percent support and he needs everybody to have his back. It’s really important to have that loyalty and support from everyone.” We know the White Mamba has hung up his sneakers for good, but is a return to Boston as a coach a possibility? Ainge didn’t rule it out. “I would consider Scal if we had openings for a lot of positions in our organization. I have a lot of respect for Scal, his knowledge and his work ethic. Absolutely.”