Brian Scalabrine serious about taking his talents to Europe


We told you it’s not going to be as easy as some players think for them to just jump over to Europe and play as the lockout drags on.

But if you’re a free agent who is willing to commit to a couple of years in Europe, it may work out.

Meet Brian Scalabrine, in most recent years seen sitting on the end of the Celtics and Bulls benches. He tells the Chicago Tribune he is serious about playing overseas.

“For me personally, if in the next 15 days it’s still kind of like it is now, I’m just going to Europe and play,” Scalabrine said in a phone interview. “The thing about that is you have to commit for the whole year and you have no out clauses whatsoever. I support the players and the union and want to see the (NBA) game stay great. But at the end of the day, with two years or so left of playing basketball, I’m not interested in watching billionaires fight. I just like the game too much. I like the camaraderie. I like to play. So why not do it in a great city in Europe and educate my family?”

In two weeks things are going to be exactly the same. I doubt the two sides will have even had another negotiation.

That sounds like a guy with the right attitude heading into it. And his game will translate, he is a guy who could help a European club. There will be offers, and not just for little teams in Finland, either.