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Luis Scola will be Argentina’s flag bearer in Olympics opener

Luis Scola

The Brooklyn Nets’ newly acquired forward Luis Scola will have a chance of a lifetime to do something that not everyone gets to do.

According to Brian Mahoney of NBC Montana, Scola will carry Argentina’s flag at the Olympics’ opening ceremonies in Rio De Janeiro.

His new flag-bearer duty adds up to a very impressive career that extends beyond the NBA boundaries.

”I had the chance to play four Olympics, to play 10 years in the NBA, to carry the flag for my country, win an Olympic gold medal. I mean, different things that happened along those days that I couldn’t even dream of those because it would be too wild to dream. So it’s been quite a journey, it’s been quite a ride.”

For years, Scola has been a fixture in Argentina’s basketball team. He won the gold medal in 2004, beating out the heavily favored U.S .team, a bronze in 2008, but didn’t earn a medal in 2012 as his country lost to Russia in the bronze medal game.

Scola and San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili will try and lead the Argentines to a gold medal, but with other countries such as the US, France, and Spain playing as well, it might be harder to accomplish then they think.

Luis Scola was drafted with the 56th pick in the 2002 draft by the Spurs. He didn’t play until 2007, when he suited up for the Houston Rockets. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2008, behind Kevin Durant and Al Horford.

He was waived in 2012, where the Phoenix Suns picked him off waivers. He played with the Suns for one season, then was traded to the Indiana Pacers. After playing two years for the Pacers, he played for the Toronto Raptors for one season, where they went to the Eastern Conference Finals. Scola has career averages of 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.

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