Luis Scola RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
On another note, I continue to hear that Scola, also a free agent, has been working out frequently at the Fieldhouse, “more than anyone,” a team source said. Scola, 35, was the oldest player on the team but still looks like he has a few more solid, productive years in him. And he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.
When asked about his two years in Indiana, Scola responded: “It was fun. It was fun to be here. It’s a good team, it’s a good organization. It was a great honor to play for Larry and we’ll see. It might be over, it might not. We’ll see in a couple of days. Like I said, I might have a little bit better impression of what their expectations are going into the future and we’ll play out the summer.”
“This is a great place and I believe it’s going to be a very good team next year. It’s not up to me, you know? We’ll see if the guys in the front office are happy with what I did and then we’ll talk. Every team that wants you to stay, it’s a good thing. It means you did well and they like you and think you can help them. So I’m looking forward to getting a positive nod on that and then move on from that. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
He said when he joined the Pacers before last season that he wants to play as long as anyone will have him, and he doesn’t rule out the possibility of playing past 40. “I don’t feel close to the end, that’s the truth,” he said Sunday. “I know people don’t play that much longer after 35, but I’m feeling well. I don’t know how fast the process is from the moment you start feeling close to the end versus the actual end. But I’m not feeling close to the end. I’ve got energy and I feel I can still do this and I’m still having fun and I can work out hard and play hard every day. As long as all that’s still there I don’t see me being close to retirement.”
Veteran forward Luis Scola said Friday that, prior to “clicking the past two or three weeks,” he was concerned the team was experiencing some of the separation that Vogel spoke of. “We were falling apart, and nothing was working, and we continued to have people hurt,” Scola said. “But at some point, people got healthy, and then we started playing well and then we started winning games, and we kind of clicked, and we feel a lot better right now.”
Scott Agness: Luis Scola in jeopardy of not being eligible for a $500,000 bonus for playing in all 82 games. (H/T @TimDonahue8p9s)
Sure, the Indiana forward acknowledges, it would have been nice to join the Spurs back in 2007-08 and play with Manu Ginobili, his best friend and fellow Argentine. But there is another lost opportunity he regrets even more. “To have a chance to play with Manu would have been big, but I played with Manu every summer,” Scola said Tuesday. “The chance to play with Tim Duncan, that will always be hard to miss, because he’s my biggest hero.”
Before Stephenson had committed to Charlotte, his representatives had recognized his successful growth with the Indiana Pacers and a desire to stay. Move a salary off the books, move a player here or there and keep your homegrown talent, Stephenson’s management team urged the Pacers’ front office. With the ability to shed part or all of Luis Scola’s and Donald Sloan’s contracts, people involved in negotiations brought up scenarios to remove those deals to create an increased Year 1 and Year 2 salary for Stephenson in a deal with Indiana. Suggestions went unanswered, without execution. Under the direction of Larry Bird and Herb Simon, the Pacers remained resistant in their contract offer to Stephenson, and lost him. Bird had called Stephenson’s behaviors “disappointing” late in last season’s playoffs, had failed to convince ownership enough of his former second round pick to spike into a luxury tax area, but Stephenson was his guy. He always shielded Stephenson privately and publicly. Away from this partnership, Stephenson understands there’s no turning back now, no grudge to keep.
He had the recommendations about the Rockets from Luis Scola and Omer Asik and even former Greek national team teammate Vassilis Spanoulis, who bolted the NBA after one horribly unhappy season.
Brazil scored 14 fast break points to Argentina’s zero. Prigioni and Scola ended the game in foul trouble, and for the latter, he knew that Brazil had him figured out. Afterwards in the mixed zone, he answered every question hurriedly, and became agitated when asked about Argentina’s group of players, most notably himself, Manu Ginobili and Carlos Delfino, the latter two, not playing in this World Cup due to injury. “What group,” Scola said. “Manu is not here. Manu hasn’t been here in a couple of years. Delfino’s not here. What is this group? We keep talking about a group but it doesn’t exist. We keep changing players every year and it’s probably two or three players that played in the Olympics before that won medals so what is exactly this group?”
“I am still healthy, I don’t know what will happen. I never said that I will leave the National Team after FIBA World Cup” said Scola who got mad when asked about “this group” of Argentinian players. He said that there’s no such thing as “this group” had too many changes over the years.
03 Sep 14
Reports out of Spain yesterday suggested Euroleague powerhouse Real Madrid was very interested in acquiring Argentinian forward Luis Scola. Earlier in the day, though, Scola told HoopsHype he had no plans to go anywhere. “I have a contract with the Pacers and I will continue there,” Scola said. “We’ll see what happens next year.”
As Scola told Hernan Sartori of Clarin, “Once you know and you stay involved, you become an accomplice. All we accomplished has been squandered. We have to keep fighting for transparency. But if this becomes a circus, I won’t be able to play anymore. I won’t be an accomplice.” Ginobili and Nocioni, among others, heartily endorsed his comments on Twitter. “The captain got angry and I’m great with that. Well said,” said Ginobili. Said Nocioni, “Embarrassment! I apologize because Argentine basketball does not deserve this!”
The ongoing saga of Manu Ginobili’s status for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup took yet another turn after long-time national teammate/friend Luis Scola gave a scathing interview in the Argentine media threatening to boycott the event in light of rampant corruption within the country’s hoops federation. Ginobili is scheduled to receive an update on the stress fracture in his lower right leg on Friday. But even if healthy and cleared to participate, there now seems to be a chance that Ginobili and others could follow Scola’s lead if he does indeed follow through on his threat.
So to keep Stephenson, the Pacers will likely have to increase the offer. But to avoid the tax, the Pacers must free up space and one imaginable way would be cutting ties with backup forward Luis Scola. While a league source recently told The Star that Scola is still in the Pacers’ plans, Scola has roughly $2.5 million guaranteed in the final year of his contract and would be the easiest moving part to sacrifice in order to retain Stephenson.
But Scola is a true basketball character, a superstar on the international stage for the legendary Argentina team that dethroned Team USA early in the 2000s. Teammates and coaches revere him. Battier cited him this weekend as one of his favorite teammates, and Daryl Morey said Kevin McHale is still asking if the Rockets could reacquire Scola.
Manu Ginobili: “I know that TD [Tim Duncan] and Pop [Gregg Popovich] are not going to be on Twitter, so I never even insisted. But for example with some Argentinian guys like [Luis] Scola, [Andres] Nocioni and even [Fabricio] Oberto I tried to push it because I knew they were going to enjoy it, so I kind of convinced them, but I had no shot with TD and Pop.”
05 Apr 14