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Five Things to Know About Luis Scola

Five Things to Know About Luis Scola


Luis Scola, acquired via trade with Phoenix on Saturday, met with the media for the first time on Tuesday. Here’s five things Pacers fans might want to know about the team’s newest member.

1.     He’ll wear No. 4 for the Pacers, worn last season by Sam Young. He has worn that number throughout his career, but had to wear 14 in Phoenix because Marcin Gortat had already claimed 4.

2.     He and his wife have four children, ages 7, 6, 4 and 2. He makes his off-season home in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, but his family will live with him in Indianapolis.

3.     He has a sense of humor. Asked how long he wants to play in the NBA, he said, “I will play until somebody says ‘You can not play no more. Get out of here. Go home. We don’t want you.’” Asked about his initial reaction upon hearing of the trade to the Pacers, he said, “My first reaction was that I need a coat.”

4.     He was performing a drill next to new teammate Chris Copeland while participating in a Basketball Without Borders clinic when the phone call came informing him of the trade.

5.     He is the lowest-drafted player on the Pacers’ roster. He was taken with the 56th pick by San Antonio in 2002, but did not enter the NBA until 2007 after playing in Argentina and Europe. C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan were not drafted.

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Mark Montieth has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, columnist, and feature writer for major media entities, and his work has been featured both in Indiana and across the country. This is his second full season contributing to Pacers.com, though he spent many years as the team's beat writer for the Indianapolis Star. Montieth also hosts a radio show called "One on One" on 1070 the Fan.

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