Coach Scalabrine tells Rondo to 'be more aggressive'


Coach Scalabrine tells Rondo to 'be more aggressive'

Brian Scalabrine has expressed his desire to play in the NBA next season, whether it's with the Bulls or another team.

But like everybody else, his career will end at some point. When it does, the heady Scalabrine should be able to find a job somewhere as an assistant coach, if he wants.

Exhibit A: His pregame chat with Rajon Rondo prior to Rondo's career-high 44 points and all-time great performance in a postseason game in Boston's 115-111 loss.

Scalabrine has always been a huge fan of Rondo since their playing days together in Boston, and Scal knows how special the point guard can be. Rondo clearly values Scalabrine's views, as he asked him why he wasn't having success around the rim in Game 1.

Now we don't know exactly what Scalabrine said to him, but Scal offered us a bit of insight into the meeting. In a nutshell: be aggressive.

"Rajon, they're collapsing on you," Scalabrine said of his message to Rondo on Comcast SportsNet New England's pregame show. "Use your instincts, make plays. That's what you want to do. That's why you're so special. Your instincts are off the charts. If you see a layup, shoot a layup. If you see a pass, make the pass. Trust your guys: trust Ray Allen, trust Paul Pierce. And I feel like he feels that he needs to be more aggressive making basketball plays If 20 shots is what it takes, that's what it takes. Rajon Rondo needs to be more aggressive in making his players around him more better."