This is nothing new, the Olympic Games are a childhood dream for many basketball players. So, it’s no wonder that some players go out of their way to get there, over and over again. Asked about the upcoming tournament, Manu Ginobili has also released a strong report on one of his former teammates in the Argentine selection.
More than 700 games played in the NBA, points to 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game in the Rockets jersey: Luis Scola was an important member of the league during his ten years overseas. Racy interior offensively despite a very un-athletic profile, the Argentinian remains a model of technique and placement under the circle, having also developed a very efficient small shoot.
Now 41 years old, he now plays in Italy, under the colors of Varese. Incredibly, he will even play in the Tokyo Games, 17 years after his first appearance at the Olympic tournament! This will be his fifth participation in passing … It must be said that, judging by the words of Manu Ginobili, the Olympics hold a special place in Luis’ heart:
Scola would have to be shot in the head to prevent him from playing in the Olympics. He deserves to finish playing with a jersey that has given him so much joy and to which he has given so much joy.
– Manu Ginobili about Luis Scola
A sacred tribute signed El Manu, with whom Scola won Olympic gold in 2004, as well as silver medals at the world championships in 2002 and, more recently, in 2019. A breathtaking endurance, which has yet nothing special for the person concerned. Last November, he explained to Sportweek the recipe for its longevity:
There are no secrets. It applies to me and to all those who practice a high level sport. We know what it takes to have a long career, to feel good physically and mentally. Work out well, warm up well first and get a massage after, and the older you get the harder you have to work to stay in shape. Eat well. Sleep well and wake up early, at set times.
Five participations in the Olympic Games, this is the monumental performance that Luis Scola will sign. We sincerely hope that the Argentinian will give us a top-notch tournament, in order to be able to benefit a little more from his immense talent on the FIBA stage.