According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors are in talks with Brian Scalabrine for an assistant coaching position with the team next season. If hired, you can pretty much write the Warriors in as your 2014 NBA champs and the first team to ever 10-peat.
The Warriors have two assistant coaching vacancies after Mike Malone became head coach of the Kings and Bob Beyer left to join the Bobcats’ staff.
During his playing career, Scalabrine, aka the “White Mamba,” aka the “GOAT,” was a fan favorite across the NBA fan community. Scalabrine’s unrivaled greatness on the hardwood was often chronicled in fan-created memes like these:
Scalabrine retired as a member of the Bulls after the 2011-12 season with earth-shattering career averages of 3.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 13.0 minutes. It’s a bit poetic for a guy who spent his career sitting on the bench to make another living, uh, well, sitting on the bench, but Scalabrine already passed up this opportunity previously. He turned down an assistant job on Tom Thibodeau’s staff in Chicago in order to spend this past season doing TV for the Celtics in Boston.
But now it appears Scalabrine is ready to become to greatest basketball coach ever. It’s still not clear if the Warriors are actually going to bring Scalabrine aboard, though if they’re serious about championships, they better make this hire.