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Report: Scalabrine may become Bulls assistant coach

Aug 28, 2012, 3:16 AM EDT

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Brian Scalabrine is likely going to be back with Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls next season, just not as a player.

Scalabrine is close to becoming a Bulls assistant coach, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

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.

Since former Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson departed for a position with the Charlotte Bobcats in the offseason, the organization has had an opening and while the likes of former Magic assistant Steve Clifford was considered–the member of Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando recently accepted a job with the Lakers, where he’ll be reunited with All-Star center Dwight Howard–it appears that Scalabrine is now a front-runner for the spot.

Scalabrine has said he wants to continue playing, but that ship may have sailed. Teams are rounding out their rosters, including the Bulls, and Scalabrine’s phone is not exactly ringing. It’s not easy to accept, but it may be time to walk away.

And Thibodeau likes him as a coach and leader — he pushed for Bulls management to bring Scalabrine to Chicago from Boston was so he could have another voice that knows his defense and could teach it to a new team. Scalabrine is a player who has learned what it takes to be a professional in the league and can pass that on.

Scalabrine would instantly become the most popular assistant with the fans in Chicago.

  1. klutchpunjabiz - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Sh*t just got real.

    • gmen4life33 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      lol

      Game 7 of ECF b/n MIA and CHI, tie game with one minute left, Bulls last big man get hurts……

      Scalabrin rips of his suit to expose his jersey. He gives Tibs a head nod and heads toward the scorer’s table. The fans go crazy (and the game is in MIA lol)

      The White Mamba Rises!!!

      • TIB - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        So your saying that he is the hero the NBA deserves, but not the one it needs right now?

  2. jjordannba - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    So basically he has the same job as last season.

  3. jjordannba - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    But honestly, this is a retiring of one of the All-Time Greats, he deserves a statue outside of every NBA arena and he shouldn’t have to ask.

  4. asublimeday - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    The White Mamba!

  5. jagsfan11 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    He has returned!

  6. twardyyy - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    If he were to become an assistant coach, at least he wouldn’t have to change his clothing style from last season. I’m waiting for a coaching staff that includes Scalabrine, Mark Madsen, Greg Ostertag, Jake Voskuhl, Brian Cardinal and Fred Hoiberg.

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