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Magic big man Nikola Vucevic says he wants to be Luis Scola when he grows up

Nikola Vucevic, Luis Scola, Magic

Luis Scola has carried Argentina to the FIBA World Cup final, and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic can’t help but express his admiration for the former NBA star.

Scola turned back the clock for the Argentines in their semifinal showdown against France — the same team that shocked the world by beating reigning champions Team USA in the quarterfinals. Argentina beat the French team, 80-66, with the 39-year-old Scola leading the way with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

After Argentina’s victory, Vucevic quickly took it to Twitter to share his amusing reaction, saying that he wants to be Luis Scola when he grows up.

That’s what probably what other young Argentine hoopers are saying right now after watching Scola lead the nation. Argentina hasn’t been to the FIBA World Cup Final since 2002, so just making it to the final game is already a huge accomplishment for the nation.

It was certainly a cute tweet from Vucevic, who represented Montenegro in the tournament. He had a strong run in China, averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 47.6 percent overall. Unfortunately, Montenegro failed to make it out of the preliminary group stage.

Scola was on a different level, however. He averaged 19.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists on a 47 percent shooting clip. It was during this tournament that Scola became second on FIBA’s all-time scoring list.

Now, all eyes will be on Scola as he tries to lead Argentina to the elusive Gold medal.