Former Boston Celtics player Brian Scalabrine has been in the news of late, for all the wrong reasons.
Now an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, Scalabrine was forcibly re-assigned by head coach Mark Jackson. Scalabrine will no longer be on the bench for Warriors games; instead he will take a position with the Warriors' D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz
According to Jordan Ramirez of Warriors World, the first-year assistant coach was likely demoted for getting into a heated verbal exchange with longtime assistant coach Pete Myers.
Scalabrine, however, is still highly regarded in Boston, where he spent five of his 11 years as a player. Though he never saw much playing time, he was a popular member of the 2007-08 Celtics that captured the city's last NBA championship.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Celtics general manager was asked about the possibility of bringing his former player aboard. According to CBS Boston's Toucher and Rich, Ainge was not averse to the idea: “I would consider Scal if we had openings for a lot of positions in our organization. I have a lot of respect for Scal, his knowledge and his work ethic. Absolutely.”
It should be noted that first-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens does not have a connection to Scalabrine. But Stevens may be losing a a member of his staff, as assistant coach Walter McCarty has expressed interest in the now vacant head coaching position at Boston College, per the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Does Stevens need much help? The former Butler University coach has been given high marks for his performance in this, his first NBA campaign. Per CelticsBlog's Jeff Clark:
Much is made of Stevens personality. And rightfully so, since a good team will follow the coach's lead and take on a bit of his personality. Brad is usually unflappable, competitive, and has great attention to detail without losing the forest for the trees.
This seems to be why the team hasn't given up, despite being 20 games below .500. Yes, there are nights when nothing is going right and the team gets blown out. That happens to just about any team. But it doesn't happen often with this team and they certainly haven't mailed in the season the way the Sixers have.
The Celtics will have more talent on next year's team. Their own draft pick will likely fall in the top ten, and they are owed the Brooklyn Nets' first-rounder as well. They don't necessarily need to add Brian Scalabrine to their coaching staff. Brad Stevens is already running a tight ship.