In imitable style, Brian Scalabrine is returning to Comcast SportsNet New England’s Celtics telecasts.
Scalabrine, a member of the Celtics’ 2007-08 championship team who spent the 2012-13 season as an analyst on CSNNE, announced his return to the regional cable network Monday with a letter on its website parodying LeBron James’s famous announcement in Sports Illustrated revealing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The announcement, bylined “By Brian Scalabrine as told to Brian Scalabrine,” was hilarious if hardly concise — at 1,500-plus words, it checked in at approximately 550 more than James’s missive. Here’s one segment.
I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. I’m only a broadcaster – what could I really do? It will be a long process, much longer than in 2008. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a young coach. I will be the young Comcast SportsNet announcer in the booth next to the legendary Mike Gorman and learn from the greatest color analyst in the game Mr. Tommy Heinsohn. I know that I have a lot to learn but I see myself as a Champion, and I think I can help break down some great Marcus Smart dunks this season. I think I can elevate Kelly Olynyk’s game by the amount of research I make my interns do before announcing road games. And I can’t wait to reunite with Rajon Rondo, one of my favorite teammates. Paul, KG, and Ray may have all left, but Rondo and the White Mamba remain in Boston, at least for now.
Scalabrine left CSNNE to join Mark Jackson’s staff with the Golden State Warriors in July 2013. He was reassigned by Jackson in March in what was described as a “dysfunctional atmosphere.” Jackson was fired at the conclusion of the season.
Specifics about Scalabrine’s full role with CSNNE are vague, but he will serve as the color analyst on the majority of road broadcasts. Tommy Heinsohn, the longtime color analyst, calls the home games. He will also contribute to various CSNNE programs, including the Celtics studio shows. A network spokeswoman said more details will be revealed when the broadcast schedule is announced.