As we get set for the Bulls season, let's take a closer look at each player on the projected roster.
Role for Bulls in 2011-12: If Scalabrine sticks throughout the season, he will be the ultimate "ploach," meaning he will be used as a combination of a player and a coach. If he dresses, he will be the 12th man on the bench. More often than not though, Scalabrine will do the exact same things he did last season. He'll serve as a veteran presence in the locker room and someone his younger teammates can go to for advice in regards to coach Tom Thibodeau's system.
What happened this summer?: Scalabrine spent some time playing in Italy during the lockout, but returned to the United States in the past couple of weeks to try and latch on with the Bulls for an entire season.
Best-case scenario: At this point in his career, all Scalabrine wants is another championship ring. Sure, he'd love to play, but if he makes it through the entire season still earning an NBA paycheck, he'll be happy.
Worst-case scenario: Scalabrine gets cut at some point during the season and is replaced by another player on the roster. Thousands of 'White Mamba' all over the country would be crushed. Of course, if that happens, Scalabrine could always retire and become an assistant on the Bulls bench. Former Bull Lindsey Hunter chose that route a couple seasons ago when he realized his playing days were over.
Bottom line: If Scalabrine plays the same role he did last season, everyone in Chicago will be happy. He proved last season that you can still be an integral part of the team, even if you rarely see the floor. His teammates accept his goofiness and respect his work ethic on the floor. This could be Scalabrine's last season before he becomes a full-time coach or broadcaster in the league, so his legions of fans better enjoy it.