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NBA honors Brian Scalabrine in retirement

Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine, right, blocks out

Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine, right, blocks out New Jersey Nets forward Larry Owens during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. (Jan. 23, 2012) (Credit: AP)

The White Mamba is no more.

As first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Sept. 6, Brian Scalabrine has retired from the NBA, the league's Facebook page confirmed today.

Scalabrine spent 11 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 520 games. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, and shot 34.4 percent from three.

Yahoo! reports that Scalabrine turned down an assistant coaching job with the Bulls, and instead will serve as a color analyst for the Boston Celtics.

Despite his minimal playing time, Scalabrine was a fan -- and announcer -- favorite. Specifically in the last two seasons in Chicago, Scalabrine's playing time was reserved for garbage time in blowouts. Fans often gave Scalabrine a standing ovation when he entered the game, and went nuts when he'd make a hustle play on defense or an impact play on offense.

The NBA gave Scalabrine the hero treatment today, piecing together a two-minute highlight reel from the USC alum's career:

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