It's a sad day in the basketball world. Brian Scalabrine, otherwise known as "The White Mamba" and the greatest bench player in Boston Celtics history, is calling it quits. Scalabrine has reportedly turned down an opportunity to serve as an assistant to Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who he played for last season, and will broadcast Celtics games for Comcast SportsNet New England, according to Yahoo! Sports.
"Saying no to Thibs was the hardest decision I've ever had to make," Scalabrine said, according to Yahoo. (via ESPN)
Scalabrine, a huge fan favorite in Boston, spent time with CSNNE covering Celtics games during the 2011-2012 postseason. In addition, Scalabrine roamed the sidelines at TD Garden for five seasons. Scal never started more than 17 games during his Celtics tenure, and he averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds during his 11-year NBA career.
And so it ends. Sure, we'll still have Scal at TD Garden and on television, but it's sad to see a champion (yes, a champion) retire. Thanks, Scal.