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Report: Brian Scalabrine a Candidate to Join Doc Rivers' Coaching Staff

SANTA CRUZ - April 1:  Golden State Warriors Assistant coach Brian Scalabrine watches the Santa Cruz Warriors from the bench against the Bakersfield Jam on April 1, 2014 at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Tim Cattera/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

Brian Scalabrine may have found a new home with the Los Angeles Clippers working alongside Doc Rivers.

Per the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner:

Coach Scal most recently served as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors under Mark Jackson. His brief tenure with the team did not end well. 

Jackson himself reassigned Scalabrine in March amid intense speculation, as Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski explained at the time:

In what's become an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has forced a reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he'll have control of his coaching staff.

Warriors management had hoped to retain Scalabrine, but it always appeared he would be better off starting fresh somewhere else.

Like, say, in Los Angeles.

Courting Scalabrine is a no-brainer for the Clippers. Not only is he a former player and fan novelty, but he's familiar with Rivers' coaching style, having spent five years playing for him with the Boston Celtics

Rivers is also in dire need of coaching depth. He's already lost two of his assistants to rival teams this offseason.

Alvin Gentry, the former Phoenix Suns head coach who was credited with reinventing Los Angeles' offense, agreed to join Kerr in Oakland, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. Tyronn Lue, meanwhile, has decided to become an associate head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers under the newly instated David Blatt, league sources told Wojnarowski.

Not even three years removed from his NBA playing career, Scal, at the very least, is someone who can relate to Clippers players and serve as the bridge between them and Rivers. 

These two understand each other.
These two understand each other.Melissa Majchrzak/Getty Images

Working for Doc could put him on the fast track to a better position as well. It worked for Gentry and Lue, who remain assistants, yet parlayed their time with the Clippers into head coaching interviews.

As for the spotty end to his Warriors tenure, rave reviews from players suggest Scalabrine won't be dogged by past demons as he tries to move forward.

“I had a great relationship with Scal,” Andrew Bogut said in March, via the Bay Area News Group's Diamond Leung.

Great player-coach relationships are usually the foundation for productive sideline experiences. 

Perhaps Scalabrine can put the anomaly that was his time with the Warriors behind him for good if he lands in Los Angeles.

 

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