• Finalizado
    FINAL
    2015-09-12
    Argentina 71
    Venezuela 76
  • Finalizado
    BRONCE
    2015-09-12
    Mexico 86
    Canada 87
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Argentina 78
    Mexico 70
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Canada 78
    Venezuela 79
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Mexico 95
    Argentina 83
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Uruguay 69
    Puerto Rico 80
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Dominicana 103
    Canada 120
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Panama 62
    Venezuela 75
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Mexico 73
    Canada 94
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Panama 71
    Puerto Rico 78
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Venezuela 75
    Uruguay 77
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Argentina 92
    Dominicana 84

Scola, open-hearted


Luis Scola is undoubtedly one of the references of the Argentine squad who achieved gold medal in Athens 2004. His contribution to the growth of Argentine basketball is undisputed, also his hard-working and sacrifice capabilities. However, although the long shadow under his 6'9'', he is a heart-tendered guy. The students of the most important sports journalism school in Argentina, Circulo de Periodistas Deportivos, shared with him an interview where he showed us as human as he could be.

His father, Mario, played basketball in the '70s, and also played the national team. His uncle also was a player. The passion for sport, of course, came from his family. For them, who are from a country where association football (soccer) is the statu quo, talking about basketball is a natural thing. "When I was a child, the NBA in my country was practically unknown, because there was little information available, only through videos imported from U.S. And the Argentine professional league (LNB) nobody knew it. But for us, on the table, while the rest of the families are talking about goals, we did it about field goals or free throws", assumed the Argentine captain.

Leon Najnudel made him debut in an official LNB game with only 15 years old, playing for Ferro Carril Oeste. After three seasons there, he fled to Europe. More precisely, to Spain. His first destination was Gijon, then in LEB, Spanish second division. With them, he promoted to ACB after only one year; he became, at the time, the youngest foreign player to play in the Spain's top flight. "Luifa" told us how did he manage the uprooting and homesickness: "Whereas I played well in the court, I was complaint about everything else. The streets, the food, the times, everything was different, even though the people seemed me not well-educated, because they didn't speak well; realizing that all this is part of a different idiosyncrasy -and thus, as valid as ours- it took me a time. I thought: as every country, there are such good as bad things, and I put my little bit", sincered the Olympic champion.

Of course it is. Seven years in Vitoria, where he excelled as one of the best internal players in Europe, forged a player with character. Values like the discipline: "Dusko Ivanovic practically tortured us at the trainings, but he brought out the best of us. Yet I'm grateful for that", affirmed. One year after losing an incredible ACB final series against Real Madrid -"until not long ago it hurt me to remember that"- and a humiliating Euroleague semifinal lost against Maccabi Tel Aviv, it was the time for NBA, and a different playing style. "The Americans just a few years ago realized that the success of FIBA basketball relies on tactics; that's why FIBA basketball players increased gradually their potential through the last years until matching them; Indianapolis 2002 (the FIBA World Cup semifinal match where Argentina won the U.S. 89-81) is the proof. The general improvement in infrastructures and in the physical aspect did the rest", appointed.

And finally, the Houston Rockets power-forward agreed to talk about the NBA's lock-out. For obvious reasons he refused to talk about any detail and/or update not already accessible by the media. Still, he considered unlikely that in the event of a total cancellation of the season, it could produce a "dissolution" of the players' union. "The claims made so far by both sides have their share of reason, there are a lot of money at stake and the negotiations are very complex. It's hard to explain. But definitely the 'de-certification' is not an option. At one time we considered it, but later the NFL 'lock-out' happened - when a Federal U.S. Court ruled last May to dismiss their players' demands. In my opinion, the league has a relatively high chance to begin in December, with a seventy-or-more game schedule, even I hope to save the 82-game season but with a tighter schedule", finalized.


Matias Barmat (@worldhoopstats)

Lecturas: 1429 - 2011-11-13