Former Celtic Brian Scalabrine is close to becoming an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls according to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago:
“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.”
While Scal has earned a reputation as a crowd favorite who was more or less a 6’9″ victory cigar, his intelligence and work ethic are the reason he’s been able to hang around the league for so long, and should make him a natural fit for the Bulls’ coaching staff. If his great basketball mind is everything we’ve been led to believe, then this is the first stepping-stone for him to make the transition from 15th man to being taken seriously as an NBA coach. And if its not, Scal is still young enough that he should be able to maintain his reputation as an excellent practice partner while picking up a few tricks of the trade from former Celtics assistant (and 2010-2011 Coach of the Year) Tom Thibodeau.