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Scalabrine Encouraged To Enter Coaching By Thibodeau, Rivers

Brian Scalabrine recently reached agreement to become an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors after doing media work last season in Boston.

"What really moved the needle for me was guys like (Tom) Thibodeau and Doc (Rivers) — guys I really respect — were telling me I should coach," Scalabrine said. "I didn't know if I wanted to yet. Then I started working with (agent) Arn (Tellem's) clients and getting them ready for the draft. And I really had a good time making a difference. With the broadcasting, it was fun, but I wasn't making a difference day in and day out.

"Then when I met with Coach (Mark) Jackson, after five minutes I was no longer thinking, 'I'm not going to do this.' All I was thinking was, 'How can I convince my wife I can do this?' I sat there for like an hour thinking, 'OK, what can I say to make her believe this is a good move?' I'm hooked."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune
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