Cult Icon Brian Scalabrine Reportedly in Talks to Join Warriors' Coaching Staff

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Jan 17, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Brian Scalabrine (24) before the game against the Phoenix Suns at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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With one assistant coach, Mike Malone, heading up the Pacific coast to take over the revamped Sacramento Kings and a second, Bob Breyer, joining the Charlotte Bobcats, the Golden State Warriors have a few voids to fill on Mark Jackson's staff.

Perhaps fueled by the impressive returns on their investment in Jackson, the Warriors are considering another player-turned-broadcaster.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the team is discussing an assistant coaching job with Brian Scalabrine, whose 11-year playing career came to a close after the 2011-12 season. 

The 34th overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft, he started just 61 of his 520 career regular-season games. His underwhelming career averages (3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds) reflect his reserve status.

Thanks to his trademark red mop, some of the finest dance moves to ever grace the NBA hardwood and his wildly entertaining second life as a sideline reporter, he became something of a cultural icon in the basketball world.

While he embraced the entertainment side of the business, he's still a well-respected basketball mind.

Casual fans followed his stint with Comcast SportsNet for a closer look at the sport's closest clone to a folk hero, but the more serious hoops heads tuned in for his knowledge on the game's intricacies. Agent Arn Tellem, who handles a superstar clientele, had Scalabrine working out several NBA prospects in Los Angeles leading up to Thursday night's draft.

In other words Golden State's reported interest in Scalabrine isn't some clever marketing maneuver. It's an orchestrated, sound basketball strategy just like Jackson's hiring was.

Scalabrine was offered the opportunity to join Tom Thibodeau's staff with the Chicago Bulls last summer, but he ultimately opted to put his broadcasting skills to the test.

League sources told Wojnarowski that Scalabrine met with Jackson and team officials last week, and those conversations have continued in recent days.