The White Mamba. He’s the most loved Bulls figure in Chicago at the moment aside from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah and he doesn’t even have to play a single minute either.
Seriously, people adore Brian Scalabrine; men want to be him, women want to bare his children and the guy averaged under 5 minutes per game last year. But it’s hard not to love Brian Scalabrine and no one will ever really be able to figure out why. He’s not the only bench player in the NBA who carries himself like a saint but he’s adored like he’s the face of the franchise.
So it’s understandable that Bulls fans were sad to see the White Mamba go when Bulls brass gutted the bench mob like a serial killer and stuffed together a freakish monster even Frankenstein would laugh at.
But he may not be gone for long. Scalabrine may be returning to the Bulls bench but this time he’ll be wearing a suit and donning the role of Assistant coach. Aggery Sam is reporting that a source close to the situation tells him the White Mamba is in line to join the Bulls coaching staff for this upcoming season.
The slot opened up when former assistant Rick Brunson high tailed it to Charlotte to join the Bobcats staff and the position has been vacant ever since then. Magic assistant Steve Clifford was considered for the gig but he joined Dwight Howard in the move to Los Angeles and hopped on the Laker train.
It would be a perfect fit too. Scalabrine has spent the last two season with the Bulls and is very familiar with the current system in place and is comfortable and knowledgable of the Thibodeau way of things in Chicago. In fact, Scalabrine’s roots with Thibodeau extend beyond Chicago and are planted in Boston where he won a championship with Thibs acting as assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
No formal offer has been made, but after the abysmal offseason the Bulls had pinching pennies, hiring Scalabrine is not only a good move, it’s a much needed PR band-aid to slap on an otherwise atrocious offseason.