Brian Scalabrine didn’t think Mark Jackson pushed Warriors players hard enough

Brian ScalabrineBrian Scalabrine’s stint as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors did not go well last season. Scal was demoted midseason and head coach Mark Jackson said there was a difference in philosophy between the two. Scal confirmed that was the case, and he says the difference is that he believes a coach should be pushing his players harder.

Scalabrine talked about his time with the Warriors in an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” program Tuesday.

“Mark gave me a great opportunity to be on the bench, and then when I got there, I think to win in this league you have to drive and push, and I feel like the players will respond to that,” Scalabrine said via BANG’s Diamond Leung. “And I think that was the biggest thing about this disappointment in our staff as a staff, right? We could have done more, and we didn’t, and I think he kind of sensed that.

“At the end of the day, to say it was a difference of philosophy, a difference of opinion, I mean, that’s really what it was. And I’m so used to seeing like a Doc Rivers and a Tom Thibodeau (his former coaches), and it kind of threw me for like kind of a loop and a surprise that it was not as hard-pressing as I thought it was going to be.”

Scal also says the Warriors ownership group offered him the chance to interview for a position after Jackson was fired, so it’s clear they still liked him.

We knew that Jackson didn’t get along with ownership, and this might have been a reason why. Could Jackson pushing his players have resulted in better results for his team? Maybe, but it’s hard to argue with the success he had. There is more than one style of coaching, you know?

[Related: Mark Jackson was disinterested in game preparation, reluctant to practice]

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Brian Scalabrine was reassigned after arguing with Warriors assistant Pete Myers

Brian-ScalabrineBrian Scalabrine was reassigned — or demoted — by the Golden State Warriors earlier this week. It has been reported that head coach Mark Jackson is the one who forced the demotion against the wishes of ownership, but Scalabrine may have actually been having a hard time getting along with fellow assistant coach Pete Myers.

According to Jordan Ramirez of Warriors World, Scalabrine and Myers got into a heated verbal altercation after Golden State’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday. Scalabrine was reassigned to the D-League on Tuesday. Jackson simply said there was a “difference in philosophies” when asked why Scalabrine has been demoted, but he laughed off any talk of dysfunction.

“We are excited about what’s taken place up until this point — the culture, the environment with no dysfunction at all,” he said. “That’s comical. I know dysfunction, and that could not be further from the truth, and if it was true, there’d be more people in the choir singing it. That’s entertainment.”

Last season, Jackson and former Warriors assistant Michael Malone supposedly went weeks without speaking to each other. Malone has since left to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, but his relationship with Jackson has led to a common belief that Jackson has trouble getting along with his coaching staff.

The interesting thing about all this is that the Warriors are 44-27 and headed for the playoffs. Despite that, Jackson and the team have not discussed a contract extension. There were also rumors over the offseason that he was trying to throw his name into the mix for some head coaching vacancies. Success or not, something doesn’t seem right.

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Mark Jackson forces Brian Scalabrine to be reassigned

Brian-ScalabrineBrian Scalabrine will no longer be patrolling the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. As of Tuesday, Scalabrine has been reassigned. Why? Because Mark Jackson has found another assistant he can’t get along with.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Jackson has not been able to coexist with Scalabrine despite Golden State ownership and management bring impressed with the former Chicago Bull’s performance on the job. While it is unclear what caused the relationship between Jackson and Scalabrine to sour, we do know Jackson has lousy history with assistants.

As Wojnarowski pointed out, Jackson and former assistant coach Michael Malone went weeks without speaking to each other during the 2012-2013 season. Malone has since left the Warriors to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Scalabrine is viewed as someone with great basketball knowledge who is respected across the league. Jackson hired him after he came highly recommended by Tom Thibodeau, who coached Scal with both the Bulls and Boston Celtics. Jackson’s inability to work with his assistants is probably one of the reasons the Warriors have not reached out to him to discuss a contract extension.

Brian Scalabrine does not want Mickael Pietrus to touch him (Video)

While many will look at the video above and see Mickael Pietrus rudely interrupting Brandon Bass’ Game 7 postgame interview, something else about the moment struck me as hilarious. Is it just me, or does Brian Scalabrine not want Pietrus touching him? This video appears to have been shot well after the game ended and the players showered and changed, so I can’t imagine it would be an issue of being sweaty or smelling bad. But make no mistake about it, Scalabrine was pissed Pietrus put his arm around him.

After thanking Celtics fans for their dedication, Pietrus then thanked Comcast Sports Net’s Mike Gorman and Scalabrine, but he used Gorman’s name and came off like he didn’t even know who Scalabrine was. Pietrus is known for saying crazy things, so the interruption is not that unusual for those of us who know him. The interactions between him and Scalabrine, however, were a bit awkward

Thanks to Ball Don’t Lie for sharing the video


Stacey King Loses it When White Mamba Brian Scalabrine Scores (Video)

Brian Scalabrine is mostly a bench player for the Bulls. The 11th year forward has seen action in just four of Chicago’s 10 games. Scal is a fan (and announcer) favorite, so you can just imagine how they’re dying to see him play in games. That happened on Monday night when the Bulls were blowing out the Pistons.

Scal even got into the score sheet by knocking down a fastbreak jumper. The play caused announcer Stacey King to lose it and go crazy celebrating the White Mamba. Watch the video:

People like to laugh at Scal because he’s a bench scrub who hardly plays, but the guy has been in the NBA 11 years. You don’t enjoy a career that long without being a good player. Fans and announcers may celebrate every basket he makes, but they shouldn’t underestimate how good he is.

Thanks to Hot Clicks for sharing the video.