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Luis Scola
Luis Scola
Position: F
Born: 04/30/80
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
“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.”
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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.”
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.”
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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.
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?”
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!”
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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.