Brian Scalabrine's legions of NBA fans, ironic and sincere alike, will be pleased to know that he'll be sticking around the game in at least some capacity.
In fact, we may see more of him now than we ever did while he was on a roster. After retiring, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Scalabrine is taking his talents to television:
Brian Scalabrine has turned down coaching job with Bulls and will call games for Comcast Sports New England this season, he tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 6, 2012
That's great news, and not just for the Chicago Bulls who were surely just trying to be polite.
And ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell suggests the decision was at least somewhat predictable:
Scalabrine's decision shouldn't come as much of a surprise. He has stated in the past that he would prefer a broadcasting position over being an NBA assistant because of the demanding schedule.
And, who can blame him? Plus, it's time Scalabrine start building upon the kind of celebrity that naturally attaches itself to a guy who NBA 2K12 rated a 41. The 6'9" forward had a decent perimeter shot, and he theoretically fit in as a big man who could space the floor.
Most of the time, however, he was spacing it all the way from the bench. Soon enough, he was every fan's favorite 12th man.
But alas, he's not the only player who could excel as a broadcast or halftime analyst. Here are five players who need to pick up a microphone whenever they decide to call its quits in the NBA.
Sure, he might make some viewers fall asleep, but there aren't many guys who speak on this game as articulately as Tim Duncan.
Easily one of the most cerebral stars ever to play the game, the Big Fundamental would offer no shortage of well-explained insights replete with dry humor and a wealth of experience he's had in postseason and championship situations.
It will be at least another two or three years before Duncan leaves the court, and it's a bit hard to imagine him having any interest in such a gig—or any gig really.
When this guy retires, he'll retire. I see beaches and Coronas in his future.
To be clear, under no circumstances should Metta World Peace be allowed to remain in front of a camera for more than a couple of minutes at a time. Nor should he be let out of the sight of a trained professional.
Things could get ugly otherwise.
I envision Metta maybe having a halftime "segment" of some kind, and a brief one at that. He'd inject something strange and unpredictable into the oh-so-typical commentary. Maybe it would have to do with the basketball, but you could never be too sure.
Maybe it would make sense, but probably not.
Rajon Rondo tells it like it is.
That doesn't necessarily mean he's the next Sir Charles, but it does make him a perfect fit to sit next to him whenever Kenny Smith decides to become a GM or something. It doesn't hurt that Rondo's a good communicator and speaks with plenty of poise.
It should also go without saying that Rondo understands the game incredibly well. He treats it like a science and has become one of the league's very best when it comes to calling and executing plays.
We'll have to wait a while to see Rondo leave the court. He's just 26 and has at least another decade in front of him.
There might be something wrong with Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
But hey, we live in an age of short-attention spans, and guys like this will keep your eyes glued to the screen. Truth be told, he doesn't even need to be allowed to speak. He could just sit there for halftime discussions, nodding, shaking his head, doing whatever it is Birdman does.
He might get even more interesting when he leaves the league and its mandatory drug-testing.
Not that he needs to be any more interesting.
I'm guessing most network executives would be a bit reticent about letting this guy just hang around, but the fact that George Karl tolerated him for so long is a good sign. Karl doesn't take any guff, so their coexistence speaks well of the Birdman.
Kevin Garnett interviews are never disappointing.
Sure, there's little doubt someone like Kobe Bryant would be a far more coherent analyst, but since when did coherence make for good TV? You know KG will be fiery and opinionated, and we could always use a little more of that.
As former players go, you might expect Garnett to be somewhere between the bombastic Shaquille O'Neal and ever-smooth Chris Webber. We've seen plenty of both from him over the years.
He also brings a unique perspective having spent so long with the frustratingly mediocre Minnesota Timberwolves before really cementing his legacy with the Boston Celtics.
Garnett knows what it feels like to be a winner, and he knows what it feels like to be permanently on the cusp.
Who better than KG to relate to all the fans who fall into those categories?