HoopsHype Luis Scola rumors

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

November 6, 2012 Updates
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“Obviously, it’s helping me,” Scola said of Dragic. “But two don’t make a team. Everybody needs to know each other and what we do, we’re struggling a little bit in the process, but we still have to find a way to win basketball games. “We need to start building. We’re not there right now. I think we have good players; we can play. We showed we can play… We got to get in our heads and figure out how to… We know it’s going to take some time, so we need to learn to do that while being effective. Because if not, it’s not only going to be a bad year, it’s going to be a long year.” HoopsWorld

October 31, 2012 Updates

As Arizona Sports 620's Craig Grialou reported Tuesday afternoon, Morris and Scola were involved in an-court confrontation which led to some pushing and shoving, as well a few choice words shared between the two. Jared Dudley -- the longest-tenured player on the active roster -- was asked about the altercation and didn't seem too displeased with its timing or the fact that it happened for all to see. "Me personally, I don't mind it," Dudley told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Tuesday. "The only reason I don't mind it is because it happens when you battle against someone." Arizona's Sports Page

October 28, 2012 Updates

Now they must get his head and his heart in Phoenix. Scola has done the former, immersing himself in his team and moving his family to the Valley. The latter is a work in progress for a 32-year-old who had never switched teams in the NBA (five years in Houston) or Euroleague (seven years with Tau Ceramica). “I’m happy to be here,” Scola said. “I feel like they wanted me here. It’s a good place. We have a good team. Life goes right with whatever happens on the court. Whatever happens in the season will determine if I’m happy or not. As of now, I’m very happy. Hopefully, I play well, we win games and this is a great place. I’m very optimistic.” Arizona Republic

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