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Brian Scalabrine joins Comcast SportsNet full time

Brian Scalabrine, shown with former teammate Rajon Rondo, will have a presence on all Comcast SportsNet broadcasts this season.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2012

Former Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine remains a beloved figure at TD Garden. When he walks around the arena’s lower bowl — now as a credentialed media member working for Comcast — the requests for selfies and autographs still come frequently.

And this season Scalabrine will have a more visible role in Celtics telecasts, as he joins Comcast SportsNet full time after working part time last season. Scalabrine is scheduled to be a color analyst alongside longtime play-by-play man Mike Gorman at all 41 road games. He also will be the main studio analyst for home games, with Tom Heinsohn still serving as the in-game analyst.


“Last year, sometimes working two weeks and then going away for two weeks, I’d miss the rhythm of the team,” Scalabrine said. “You can watch the games, but being a part of the team and talking to the coaches and seeing the pulse, that’s what I’m looking forward to more by doing all 82 games.”

Scalabrine, who was a Celtics reserve from 2005-10, said he has learned by following the leads of Gorman and Heinsohn. Although he has a colorful personality and will continue to use that as an asset, Scalabrine said he also knows when to sit back and let Gorman dictate the flow, particularly when it is time to allow a big moment to breathe.

“Everyone thinks this job is about talking and explaining everything I know about basketball,” Scalabrine said. “That’s not what this is about. It’s about making it entertaining for people and also giving them a couple of things a game to chew on. There’s this overall picture of how you build your broadcast over the course of an entire season.”

Scalabrine averaged 3.1 points and 2 rebounds per game over his 11-year career. He rejoined Comcast last season after spending the previous season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.


Roster reset

The Celtics on Saturday waived forward Perry Jones and guard Corey Walden, bringing their roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 players prior to Monday’s deadline.

Jones had a $2 million guaranteed contract, though Boston received cash when acquiring him from the Thunder this summer to offset that cost. Jones was the clear choice to be cut, but according to a league source, the Celtics were interested enough in the forward to explore trades that could have resulted in Jones sticking with the team.

Jones totaled 10 points and eight rebounds over five preseason games. He left the team for several days during training camp following the death of a close cousin.

Walden, meanwhile, was the last of the four Celtics with nonguaranteed contracts to be waived. Walden’s agent, Brandon Hunter, said the guard intends to report to the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

“I know the Celtics liked his defense,” Hunter said. “With Corey, he’s an athlete. He can cover a lot of ground on the court and can defend NBA guards.”

Stat crunching

The Celtics finished the exhibition season among the league leaders in several categories. The team’s net rating — offensive rating subtracted by defensive rating — was 11.3, trailing only the Thunder. The Celtics finished second with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5, and tied for fifth in rebounding percentage — the percentage of available rebounds that are corralled — at 52.2 percent. It is worth mentioning that these numbers included games against European teams Real Madrid and Olimpia Milano, and the Celtics’ five NBA exhibition games were all played against the Knicks, Nets, and 76ers . . . According to a league source, the Celtics are planning to exercise their 2016-17 options on second-year guards Marcus Smart and James Young as well as third-year forward Kelly Olynyk. The deadline for those decisions is Nov. 2.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.