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Scola - The Missing Third Piece??

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by watashi315, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. watashi315

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    I know this is a pretty bold claim to make so early into the season, but after watching last night's game, I think Scola has a realistic shot at being that missing third piece to our team. They say all great championship teams have a third option. In the late 90's, Jordan and Pippen had Kukoc. Recently, the Spurs had Ginobilli helping out the Duncan and Parker duo. So why can't Scola be that legitimate third option for us? He plays smart, efficiently, and is very unselfish.

    In last night's game, he had a fair share of TOs and fouls but that's only an adjustment to NBA rules. Most European players, who play a much more physical game and can get away with it back at home, usually tune it down a notch in the NBA where the refs are quick with their whistles.

    Now let's say he makes the quick transition and settles in to the new system. Here's what I foresee he can bring to the table. Benefiting from the European background, Scola is a tremendous playmaker who knows how to find ways to score. He won't take shots away from our stars (Yao and TMAC) but rather compliment them in their deficiencies. This is an important quality that "me first" scorers like James and Francis don't have. Now having those two isn't necessarily a bad thing, since we desperately need players who can create their own shots and that's why we got them in the first place. Especially against the quicker guards come playoff time. But we need to have a balance and evident from last night's game, Scola can bring that. Too much James and Francis will kill the chemistry on the floor.

    Judging from last night's game and from his previous international competitions, it's easy to see that Scola is one who is constantly setting picks and moving into open pockets. On fast breaks, he's always trailing right behind the ball. Once Adelman and the team notice this (and they will), Scola will get a lot of open looks and he'll make 'em at a high percentage.

    Another thing is, I don't forsee Scola as being a defensive liability since we got the Chuck-wagon to look after his back. That's why we have two PFs! And plus, Scola's defense isn't that bad. He's got quick hands, meaning some rebounds and steals. The only thing he needs to watch out for is the cheap fouls. But like I said, that's just a matter of adjusting to the NBA.
     
  2. durvasa

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    I think Scola should be fine defensively, in time, as long as he doesn't have to play a ton of minutes at C.
     
  3. Spacemoth

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    ROFL Kukoc. And Tim Duncan had Vinny Del Negro in '98...

    I believe the names you're looking for are, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, and Sean Elliott?
     
  4. finalsbound

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    Our 3rd man is BONZIIIIIIIIIIII!
     
  5. abc2007

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    I think Scola is good at both offense and defense. He is also a good playmaker.
     
  6. abc2007

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    Bonzi will be our 6th man! He may win the 6th man of year. :D

     
  7. AggNRox

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    we have more than one player who can be our 6th man.

    mike james can be. bonzi is another one just based what he did last nite. scola could be one after he get used to what nba is.

    we still have defensive player, battier, chuck, deke.

    our depth is very promising compared to last year.

    barring any injury, we are good :p
     
  8. finalsbound

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    Starter or bench player, Bonzi could be that reliable third scorer we've been lacking.

    God, then there's Scola, Battier, SF3, James, Head, Brooks...Rockets are SO much deeper this year than last.
     
  9. AGBee

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    Well, he did better than Yi - 16 minutes, 3 points, 6 fouls :)
     
  10. Fuse

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    He was deferring a little too much yesterday - but that is to be expected as it is his first game in the league w/ new teammates. His passing was slightly sloppy in the 2nd half, but his pass to Bonzi for the cut are good signs for things to come.
     
  11. Hippieloser

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    I'm not ready to let Scola bang my girlfriend just yet. I'm glad we have him, we NEED him, and I think he'll do well in Adelman's system. But I'm steeling myself to watch half a season of moving screens, 3-sec violations, sloppy fouls, and flops before it all comes together for him.
     
  12. watashi315

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    Before you laugh any harder, remember this, Kukoc was once proclaimed as the "Jordan of Europe". You can argue on Sabonis' behave, but Kukoc was the first legitimate European to earn crossover success in the NBA. During the Bull's second three-peat, Kukoc was the crucial third piece to the Bull's tandem. In those three championship seasons, he average around 13pts in the regular season. He may be labeled as a sixth man on the roster, but he was the THIRD highest scorer on the team.

    And what's with this Vinny Del Negro. He wasn't even on the Spur's championship team! He was already shipped to Milwaukee before the Spurs started getting success as a ball club.
     
  13. finalsbound

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    When you do, make sure he uses a paper bag for his head...
     
  14. Achilleus

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    That's unnecessary... :\ Luis probably has a big heart and doesn't deserve comments like this. :( :( :( v_v v_v v_v
     
  15. rofflesaurus

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    Sorry but we already have our 3rd scorer, Bonzi ;)
     
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    Like the others have said above, Bonzi is likely a 6th man. He's at his best when he's posting up in the lane, but with Scola and Yao in there, I doubt he'll get many opportunities. Most of his points will come from cuts and fast breaks.

    Although he's definitely in much better shape than he was last season, I doubt he'll be the kind of force he was during that one playoff series with the Kings. I take that as an exception and not the norm with Bonzi.

    No doubt, he'll probably end up with a solid season baring any freakish (ahem) injury to his groin or back ;) In a best case scenario, he's a 10 ppg kinda guy on this loaded team.
     
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    This made me laugh out loud! So Finalsbound you're not to enamored with his good looks? Man making the change to the NBA is harder than I thought. :D
     
  18. rofflesaurus

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    So what if he's the 6th man? Guess who's the 6th man for the Spurs....Manu Ginobili....and he's their THIRD option. Scola looks solid but right now Bonzi is still better than him.
     
  19. ReD_1

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    He can be!SO AS:
    -James
    -Francis
    -Bonzi
    -Battier,Alston,Head alltogether

    OH DAMN IT!
    WE'REEEEEEEE SOOOOO POWERFULLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. watashi315

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    Ummm....last I heard, Ginobili is a fulltime starter.....and you're right, he IS their third option.
     

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