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Brian Scalabrine trying to master a new ground: NBA assistant coach

6-1-12: Boston, MA: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (right) has a laugh with former teammate (and current CSNE broadcast contributor) Brian Scalabrine (left) before the game. The Boston Celtics hosted the Miami Heat for Game Three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Heat-Celtics
Then-CSNE broadcast contributor Brian Scalabrine joked with Celtics guard Rajon Rondo before a game last season. Credit: Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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LAS VEGAS — The tall redhead trying to save Darren Erman from picking up a technical foul looked eerily familiar. He used to wear a headband, maneuver his way to the corner for 3-pointers, and draw chants from the TD Garden crowd, who craved his presence during garbage time.

Brian Scalabrine, the former Celtics fan favorite, has taken an assistant coaching position with the Golden State Warriors, joining Mark Jackson’s staff. He made his debut, assisting Erman (formerly on the Celtics staff), in the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday.

Scalabrine worked last season with Comcast SportsNet and ESPN, wowing television executives with his bubbly personality and knowledge of the game. Jackson noticed the same characteristics and the two talked for an hour about joining the Warriors staff. It was evident that Scalabrine was attracted to coaching.

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