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Scola accepts benching for winning Pacers
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 1, 2013 @ 5:57 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Michael Pointer, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — Luis Scola has not had much interaction with his new Indiana Pacers teammates yet — but he was with one of them when he learned he was traded.
He was standing next to newly signed Chris Copeland on Saturday at a clinic as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Program in Scola’s native Argentina when he got a tap on the shoulder telling him he needed to take a phone call.
The Phoenix Suns had traded him to the Pacers in exchange for forwards Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round pick in the 2014 draft.
“We didn’t get to speak after that,” Scola said of Copeland. “I had to get home, and six hours later, I was on a plane.”
By Tuesday morning, Scola was in Indianapolis for his formal introduction with the Pacers, who are expecting the 6-9, 245-pounder to provide a strong offensive option off the bench.
“He’s one of the smartest players this league has ever seen,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s one of the savviest players ever at the power forward spot. With all his international experience, he’s just a guy that really makes his teammates better and makes the offense flow.
“It’s just a great addition and an upgrade for our club.”
Scola spent one season in Phoenix after playing his first five in the NBA for the Houston Rockets. The Suns went 25-57 this season and figure to struggle again next season as they embark on a rebuilding project.
Scola will be playing for a team in a cold-weather city for the first time and joked that his first reaction was that he was going to have to buy a coat and a new wardrobe.
One of his first tweets following the trade included “Necesito abrigo.” Translation: I need a coat.
There was some sadness, too.
“I’ve got four kids (ages 7 and younger) and a family,” he said. “The moving part is really hard and that was my first reaction, ‘Oh, my God. We’ve got to go through that again.’ ”
But he also realizes he’s joining one of the NBA’s best teams. The Pacers are hoping moves … [For more on Luis Scola accepts benching to play for winning Pacers, click here.]
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