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Scalabrine says no to Bulls coaching job to be Celtics broadcaster

Sep 6, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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Brian Scalabrine — a cult hero in Boston — has turned down a coaching job with the Bulls to head into broadcasting this fall in Boston.

That is what the man himself told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (on twitter):

Brian Scalabrine has turned down coaching job with Bulls and will call games for Comcast Sports New England this season, he tells Y! Sports…. Scalabrine will do color analysis on 11 games for the Celtics, as well as some studio work. “A trial run for both of us,” Scalabrine told Y!

Scalabrine isn’t prepared to say he’s retired from playing in the NBA but concedes, “I had zero opportunities. Not some, but zero.”

Tom Thibodeau had offered Scalabrine a coaching position with the Bulls. That made sense — he had worked to bring Scalabrine with him from Boston (where he was an assistant) to Chicago to help be a leader in practice teaching his system. This would have been a natural extension.

Scalabrine told Woj saying no to Thibodeau was the hardest thing he had done, but that he felt television and broadcasting may be the future for him.

So look for Scalabrine on Comcast SportsNet New England this season. But not on the court any more. Which is a little bit sad.

  1. markcsii - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    real question here is what happens to Tommy?

    Will we have Scal points now?

  2. money2long - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    i dunno. while this is good that he can find something he likes to do after basketball, i feel getting a coaching position in the nba is harder. the broadcasting will always be there. he had an opportunity to get another name besides nba player. coulda been called coach scal. and THEN went into broadcasting. i am NOT telling the man how to live his life, but i just think had he accepted the assistant coaching job, whenever he went into the tv game he could have been referred to as a coach/player..you know like how coach eric mangini is now, or herm edwards, not just the scrub 9sorry to use the word) that everyone knows him as. i just think he would have been looked at differently, in a good way had he took that route, instead of straight to television. but that’s just my opinion. if broadcasting is what he had more love for, more power to him. i’m happy he is able to find work so quickly. good luck scal !

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Typical. Coaches work. Journos don’t.

  4. pantysweat - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Never heard of him…till now, good luck to this guy in his illustrious post-nba life

  5. steelers4385 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    This guy annoys me so bad

  6. gmsingh - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    No more White Mamba–I’m bummed.

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