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.