The plans for the upcoming USC basketball season are for former Trojans point guard Brandon Granville, who had been doing TV work on Prime Ticket recently, to take over as the game analyst on 710-AM broadcasts with play-by-play man Chris Fisher..
If only Brian Scalabrine decided to retire from the NBA a little earlier.
The former USC forward recently told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski (linked here) that he was pretty much done with his NBA career after 11 seasons.
“There was zero interest (in me),” he said about staying in the NBA. “Not some, but zero.”
There’s interest in him as a media personality. Plenty. He not only kind of looks like Louie CK, he’d be just as compelling a listen.
Scalabrine turned down a chance to stay with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant coach and agreed to do three exhibition and eight regular-season games for the Boston Celtics on Comcast Sports New England, as well as some studio work, as a test to see how he fares.
Born in Long Beach, the 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward from Enumclaw, Wash., who was a JC transfer ended up as USC’s top scorer for his junior and senior year (17.8 points a game as a junior in 1999-00, second best in the Pac-10, stats linked here) and played on a ’01 Trojans team that got to the Elite Eight before losing to Duke. He was USC’s most popular red-head since Clayton Olivier.
A second-round pick by New Jersey in 2001, he ended up on teams that went to the NBA Finals four times — including two with the Celtics, one of them in 2008 when they knocked off the Lakers. He was on the Chicago Bulls’ bench for the recent 2012 playoffs, activated when Derrick Rose went out with a season-ending injury.
But through his NBA career, he’s been more of a cult hero (linked here), a guy who USC grad Will Ferrell could have modeled when he made his ABA-genre movie “Semi-Pro” back in ’08.
One of the most well-known “DNP-CD” performers since former UCLA star Jack Haley babysat Dennis Rodman for the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s, Salabrine was referred to as the “White Mamba” by Bulls fans, playing off the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant referring to himself as the “Black Mamba.”
His NBA stat sheet will show he played in 520 games, averaging 13 minutes, 3.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists, with 0.2 blocks a contest. As a TV analyst, he’d be a 10-plus.
Back when he was at USC, he once said it about the fact that he tends to overanalyze the game: “I still think I overanalyze things more. I’m always one who wonders why do we have to do it like that. And I do that in everything I do – in basketball and in school.”
More on Deadspin.com (linked here).