Luis Scola joins Woj
Luis Scola of the Brooklyn Nets joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj for a fantastic visit centered around one of the unique global basketball careers of this era, including his Argentina national team partnership with Manu Ginobili, turning pro at 15 years old and playing with 40-year old ex-NBA players Earl Cureton and John Long, Olympic gold, his role in the NBA-vetoed Chris Paul trade, how the NBA has become more like the NFL in terms of player preparation and much, much more. Here are some key moments: 2:08: Scola on becoming a professional as a 15-year-old in Argentina. 7:43: The extended run of success for Argentina’s Golden Generation 9:23: Meeting Manu Ginobili for the first time as a 16-year-old. 12:22: The family bond among the national team. 15:42: Winning the 2004 Olympic gold medal 18:00: Being drafted by the Spurs, but never playing for them. 20:00: Learning English by watching “Friends.” 22:32: Entering the NBA as a veteran player. 24:32: Taking the time to learn about each city he lives in and visits. 27:14: The challenges of switching teams with four children. 30:35: The Rockets’ 22-game winning streak in 2008. 36:16: Scola’s interest in roster building and team management. 45:04: The unlikelihood of a true team like the Argentina national team or Spurs being replicated in the NBA. 50:00: How will Scola know when to call it a career?
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