There were rumors a couple of weeks ago that Golden State Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine may consider coming out of retirement and suiting up for the team, but those hopes were quickly squashed by head coach Mark Jackson.
But according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Scalabrine does want to lace up the shoes again and play in the San Francisco Pro-Am, an annual basketball tournament that features NBA players and hopefuls alike.
However, since the league rules state that coaches cannot be in contact with “draft ineligible players,” Scalabrine would not be allowed to participate in the annual summer event. Thus, according to the report, he is seeking a rule change.
Scalabrine retired in 2012 after playing 11 seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Celtics, and Bulls, averaging 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in his career. He was undoubtedly one of the most popular players in the league towards the end of his career. He only saw playing time during “garbage minutes,” and would get a rousing cheer from the fans.
Now, as an assistant with the Warriors, he is a little more inconspicuous. Per team policy, assistant coaches are not allowed to speak with the media, so the fans have seen very little of Scalabrine when he’s not on the bench during games.
But it seems like Scalabrine wants to introduce himself to the Bay Area sports scene by participating in the San Francisco Pro-Am, and hopefully the league will allow him to play.
After all, he is the White Mamba.