Suns’ Scola Blames Self for Losing Season
At 32, (Luis) Scola wound up in Phoenix, by auction, with the Suns craftily knowing their three-year, $13.6 million offer would be best based on other teams’ payrolls.
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.”