CHICAGO — He’s baaaaack. Despite reaming largely quiet during free agency in terms of flashy names, the Bulls have resigned Brian Scalabrine — a fan favorite — to an undisclosed contract.
Remaining in-house when assembling a championship caliber team is always a good thing to do — especially when the pieces are already championship caliber.
The Bulls haven’t made huge splashes in free agency — they’ll be signing both Rip Hamilton and Derrick Rose shortly — but they’ve been productive signings. Another of those signings comes with the announcement that Chicago has brought back fan favorite Scalabrine.
Scalabrine has been a favorite just about everywhere he’s plead and it’s no coincidence that everywhere he’s played has been a winner. The “White Mamba” as he’s known as, had spent time in New Jersey and Boston before signing as a free agent in Chicago last year. The Bulls forward left the NBA during the lockout when he was offered a non-guarnteed FIBA contract.
He rarely saw the court and when he did it was as part of the Bulls ‘victory formation’ squad. But when the 6-foot-9 forward hit the floor (and even when he didn’t) it was met by loud chants of “MVP” and “SCALABRINE” no matter if it was a game inside the United Center or a game in Memphis.
Bringing back Scalabrine bares resemblance to the elements involved in bringing Richard Hamilton to Chicago. While Hamilton is a productive scorer, he also has invaluable championship experience. Scalabrine rarely hits the floor, but he’s a vital part of team chemistry and is the ultimate crowd pleaser.
No other player has as strong and loyal a following and doesn’t play like Scalabrine.
With the addition of Scalabrine, the Bulls now have 12 players on roster, up two from Friday when Keith Bogans was yanked off the practice floor. Since then rookie guard Jimmy Butler has been signed along with Scalabrine and the expected addition of Hamilton on Wednesday should make it 13.