A well-traveled and hardworking big man, Brian Scalabrine will forever be known fondly by NBA fans as “The White Mamba”, a play off of Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba” moniker. The 6-foot-9 power forward attended USC and was drafted in the second round (34th overall) in 2001 by the New Jersey Nets, helping the Nets reach the 2002 NBA Finals playing with Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson. In 2005, Scalabrine signed with the Boston Celtics and won an NBA Championship in 2008, before going on to sign with the Chicago Bulls in 2010. During the 2011 NBA Lockout, the “White Mamba” traveled overseas to briefly play in Italy before returning to the Bulls and eventually moving into the coaching ranks with the Golden State Warriors in 2012. Today, you can find the well-liked Scalabrine calling games for the Boston Celtics for CSNNE.
Pro Career: (2001-2005) New Jersey Nets, (2005-2010) Boston Celtics, (2010-12) Chicago Bulls, (2011) Italy
Career Highlights & Awards:
- NBA Championship (2008)
- First Team All Pac-10
Post Pro Career:
Since retiring from the NBA in 2012, Brian Scalabrine has spent time as an assistant coach (Golden State) and now calls Boston Celtics games as an analyst with CSNNE.
- Attended Highline Community College (1996-97) in Des Moines, Washington before transferring to USC.
- In 1999, Brian Scalabrine was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and earned an All-Pac-10 honorable mention
- Scalabrine is a member of the sports philanthropy organization Athletes for Hope