The Chicago Bulls’ offseason signing of Brian Scalabrine was met with a lot of derision, confusion and jokes because, well, he’s Brian Scalabrine. In a summer where LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire and a host of others changed teams, picking up a guy nicknamed “Veal” isn’t the most inspiring move. But he’s a pro’s pro, knows new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s defensive system and ably filled in as a backup power forward in Carlos Boozer’s absence. All in all, for a non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum contract, it hasn’t been a bad signing.
Plus, as Scal told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, it could have been worse. Much worse.
“We were talking to Chicago the whole [offseason], but I was talking to [Bulls general manager] Gar [Forman] and the holdout was that I wanted a statue next to Michael Jordan [outside the United Center],” Scalabrine explained Friday before the Celtics beat the Bulls 110-105 in overtime at TD Garden. “He was like, ‘A lot of good players have come through Chicago, and I don’t know if I can guarantee we can do that.’ So I said, ‘I’m going to hold out until you promise me that.’ At the end of the day, I said, ‘Fine, you don’t have to put the statue up.’”
Phew. Close call, you guys. That could have been really embarrassing.