HoopsHype Luis Scola rumors

July 26, 2013 Updates
July 3, 2013 Updates

First, let’s do a roll call shall we? The following were present at the game, either participating in the game or watching from the sidelines: Yao Ming, Tracy Mcgrady, Joakim Noah, Metta World Peace, Luis Scola, George Hill, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Chris Singleton, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Chinese players Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhelin, Sun Yue, Liu Wei, Wang Zhi Zhi and super-famous Brazil and Real Madrid soccer/futbol player Kaka. Yes, that Kaka. (Bonus: Here’s a hilarious picture of Kaka with Yao and Wang Zhi Zhi from last night.) SLAM

May 9, 2013 Updates

What advice did you give Pablo before he signed? Luis Scola: I told him, 'I think you should go and I will push hard for you. I think it's the best thing for you and your career.' Not only that, I thought New York was the perfect team for him. The team has such great players like J.R. Smith and Carmelo [Anthony], and they have a great pick-and-roll player in Tyson Chandler. I'm not surprised they play well with him on the court. ESPN.com

April 17, 2013 Updates

Scola and Dragic were asked whether they would recommend interim head coach Lindsey Hunter returning next season. Both players punted the topic. “That’s a tough question,” Dragic said. “ ... I’m here to play basketball. It’s not my decision to make.” Dragic did say he liked Hunter’s approach to practice. “Alvin (Gentry) was a great coach for the veteran players; he knows when to give them a day off, but for our team we have a young team and we really need to practice hard every day,” Dragic said. “When he (Hunter) took over the team I think we maybe had one or two days off. I think it should be like that.” Arizona Republic

Scola said he thought Hunter did “a great job. Circumstances were bad and he did as good as he could. But I don’t make those decisions. I’m just a player.” Would a third coach in less than a year be unsettling for the team? “I think it would be a sign of things being bad,” Scola said. “But things are bad.” Arizona Republic

April 9, 2013 Updates
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This season’s disappointment is hard for Scola to hide behind his supreme work ethic. He battles physically, runs like a cartoon character and talks with rare maturity in the locker room. “It’s hard,” Scola said. “It’s not what I thought it was going to be. But I can’t say it’s somebody else’s fault. I know I have to be part of the blame. We have to work hard and finish the season strong. “I feel like I’m a big part of the team, and when a team goes this wrong, you can’t say it’s everybody else. If it went well, I’m sure people would talk about how much of an influence I had. So it’s only fair to take that kind of blame when things go wrong. It’s hard. I never thought it was going to be like this, but it’s only a good challenge to change things around and do things the right way.” Arizona Republic

But Scola is not ready to bail on this city. The enjoyment is in the climb, and he wants to be part of a Suns franchise turnaround. “The whole organization, the fans and the city deserve a different situation,” Scola said. “It’s painful for me to see the Phoenix Suns be so successful throughout the years and when I finally get here, we have one of the worst seasons ever. Hopefully, we can change that. I don’t want to be remembered like this.” Arizona Republic

March 20, 2013 Updates

With the Suns struggling to forge an identity under interim coach Lindsey Hunter, Scola’s role often has been reduced as Hunter experiments with different rotations. The 6-foot-9-inch Argentinian admits to feeling discouraged at times. “It’s hard for me. It’s hard,” Scola said. “It is (frustrating), but I try to use that frustration to work a little harder. Just try to stay ready and in shape.” Arizona Republic

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December 29, 2012 Updates

On national team coach Julio Lamas' recent visit to the United States to see Argentina's NBA players, he visited with Pablo Prigioni (New York), Luis Scola (Phoenix) and Carlos Delfino (Houston). He did not meet up with Ginobili in San Antonio. "Manu will not play in 2013," Lamas said. "He told me. So I think we should leave him alone. I have to worry about those who go. "It's not that I do not follow him because I see him play (on television) all the time. "But again, I have to assemble the team of Caracas." FIBA.com

December 27, 2012 Updates

Luis Scola was fairly productive for the Houston Rockets for five seasons before they waived him over the summer. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, but one Houston fan was not happy with the big man — and it had nothing to do with his game. As you can see from the image above that Rockets GM Daryl Morey posted on Twitter, a fan recently wrote him a letter thanking him for waiving Scola in the offseason. The fan’s reason? Scola was not well-groomed. “For comic relief, a note I received this off-season,” Morey wrote. “They are probably disappointed in (James Harden).” Larry Brown Sports

December 21, 2012 Updates

Q: Did you ever wonder if you would realize your NBA dream when you were coming up and how it took five years to get a buyout after you were drafted? Luis Scola: I was pretty sure I was going to make it and then, down the line, I started to think it might not happen. I had one bad year before the draft and I thought, “Maybe I’m not good enough.” Then I started playing better and got drafted but I didn’t get drafted where I thought it would be necessary for me to come to the NBA so I was a little disappointed. I got better and had the interest but I was stuck with the situation and thought it wasn’t going to happen. Right when I was ready to give up, it happened. I was going to sign a six-year extension with no NBA escape and I asked them for two weeks to give time to NBA teams. Two days before my deadline, it happened. I don’t regret all of those years. Some of those years, I got better. Maybe two years earlier would have been perfect. I would’ve caught Yao (Ming) and Tracy (McGrady) healthier. Arizona Republic

November 28, 2012 Updates

When the topic of Suns power forward Luis Scola’s move to the bench has come up, Coach Alvin Gentry takes on a look of guilt. Gentry has so much respect for Scola’s career that he emphasizes how Scola did nothing wrong to prompt it. He moved Scola to the bench for the first time since his rookie year to help give the starting lineup more spacing and athleticism and trusted Scola’s professionalism to make it work on his end. Scola has not accepted the role as permanent duty but made it work Tuesday night, changing the game once he entered with the score tied in the third quarter of a 91-78 Suns victory at Cleveland. Arizona Republic

November 19, 2012 Updates

Coach Alvin Gentry told me that the main post option was Luis Scola. You, on the other hand, are number one on defense. Marcin Gortat: Unfortunately... I've been doing the dirty work all my life, and now I have to come back to that. I will fight for what's mine. I'll try to prove to the coach that I can play an important role in the offence. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm even an option for Gentry. He doesn't even take me into consideration. The situation is critical. We're playing the same thing we've been playing last year, but the truth is we have a completely different set of players. I don't think it really works. I can't get frustrated now though, I have to stay positive. The Gothic Ginobili

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