After a short stint in the broadcast booth, Brian Scalabrine, more famous for the color of his hair than his talent on the court is back in the NBA; this time, however, as a coach. Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson broke the news via Twitter on Monday night that Scal will be joining Jackson’s staff as an assistant coach.
Throughout his 11-year playing career, Scalabrine played with the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Benetton Treviso of Italy. His career-highs came in the 2004-05 season as a member of the Nets, averaging 6.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
While he may not have any formal coaching experience, “The White Mamba,” a play on Kobe Bryant’s nickname, “The Black Mamba,” has certainly spent a lot of time on the bench – he averaged 35 minutes of bench time per game during his NBA playing career.
The Warriors were actually on the hunt to find help for their staff. Lead assistant, Michael Malone got the head coaching gig in Sacramento while another assistant, Bob Beyer, joined the Bobcats coaching staff.
Only time will tell how he fits in as a coach, but if anything, the Warriors and their fans can expect a fun-loving, passionate redhead over in Oakland, California.