Brian Scalabrine Rumors: Chicago Bulls Fan Favorite to Return in Coaching Role?

Jeff Chase@@Real_Jeff_ChaseSenior Analyst IIAugust 28, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 13:  Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls points to a teammate in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 13, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 79-88. 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.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Just when fans thought it was the end of the road for Brian Scalabrine on the NBA hardwood, the Chicago Bulls and head coach Tom Thibodeau appear to have decided to add the bench star to their 2012-13 coaching staff. Well, as long as the forward decides to take that route for this coming season.

According to CSNChicago.com's Aggrey Sam (via Twitter):

Sources tell me Scal is close to joining Thibs' staff. He'd replace Rick Brunson (TU), who is now in Charlotte.

— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) August 28, 2012

Scalabrine, who has always looked more like a fan than a player, managed to always hear the cheers the minute he hit the floor. While fans will likely be upset to not see "The White Mamba" posting up in the lane this season, they should at least be happy to know that they would be able to see him on the sidelines for hopefully many years to come.

The Bulls lost assistant coach Rick Brunson this offseason to the Charlotte Bobcats, leaving a spot open for Scalabrine to join the staff.

While Scalabrine never was a true force on the floor, he has been a member of Thibodeau's system since Thibs joined Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics during the 2007-08 season. Then, he went to Chicago when Thibodeau became the head coach for the Bulls before the 2010-11 season. 

With that said, it would come as no surprise that Scalabrine would join Thibodeau's Bulls staff for his first coaching gig. The guy knows the system, which will be important considering the roster changes the Bulls made this offseason. Not to mention, he will be a great locker room presence for this Bulls team which will be missing Derrick Rose for a good part of this upcoming season.

While it will remain to be seen how Scalabrine would do in a coaching role, there is no doubt that the fans in Chicago would be happy to see him on the bench—only subbing in a clipboard for his swinging towel this time around.

It would be fun to see Scalabrine in his new role, but more importantly, it would be great to see such a positive force remain in Chicago where fans have truly embraced his role and motivation whenever the opportunity came about.



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