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.’”
Brown said that right now he’s just trying to “build (his) rolodex”, as his interests hit many different areas. He discussed his lecture at Harvard University during this past season, while focusing on how technology can help to be a bridge between education and basketball. Brown said that his age has a lot to do with why he’s been so active off the court. “Leverage is now,” said the 6-7 wing, meaning that it’s important to take advantage of his influence now while he’s still in his playing career.
The Cal product expressed his curiosity of gambling within sports, especially now that it’s been legalized. Brown also spoke about cryptocurrency, saying that he wants to understand more about the complex topic. He’s not investing yet, but Brown says he’s getting ready.