Brian Scalabrine Named Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brian Scalabrine averaged 13 minutes per night during the 520 regular-season games that made up his 11-year playing career.

Why is this important? Because he also logged 35 minutes of bench time on a nightly basis, substantial viewing time for the world's greatest game from a coveted courtside seat.

That's a long time for anyone to digest a single subject. Apparently the player affectionately dubbed the "White Mamba" was paying attention during each one of those long nights.

After a year of service in the broadcast ranks, Scalabrine is once again taking his talents to an NBA sideline. The 35-year-old will be serving on Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson's staff, and his new boss is responsible for breaking the news:

Congrats to @Scalabrine! My newest assistant coach! Welcome my man! #Warriors

— Mark Jackson (@JacksonMark13) July 9, 2013

When Scalabrine wasn't hamming it up for the casual viewers as a broadcaster, he managed to sprinkle in some insightful thoughts to his more serious audience. Apparently his basketball knowledge was convincing enough to facilitate his transition into the coaching ranks.

Jackson's staff needed the addition. His former lead assistant, Michael Malone, is now the head man for the Sacramento Kings and another assistant, Bob Beyer, joined Steve Clifford's staff with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Pete Myers is reportedly in line to fill Malone's vacated role, but the Contra Costa Times' Marcus Thompson has reported that former Phoenix Suns coach Lindsey Hunter is being "strongly considered" for the position.


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