Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola said he's not surprised by Argentina National Team teammate Pablo Prigioni's success. He said he couldn't have been happier with how the season went for his long time friend. Prior to the season start, Prigioni was weighing his decision to sign with the New York team before eventually deciding to do it.
Scola also mentioned how he always knew Prigioni would transition and adapt fast to the NBA level of play as he brought a lot of experience from playing in Europe earlier in his career.
"I was in one of those bars on the beach and I was watching the game," Scola said. "People were looking at me like, 'Why does this guy care so much about these other guys?' I was watching the game when he scored 14 [points] and it was awesome. He played great."
Scola gave him advice before the season started on how to adapt to the NBA game: "I think you should go and I will push hard for you. I think it's the best thing for you and your career."
In Scola's opinion the New York Knicks were the perfect team for Prigioni as they had Tyson Chandler who could play the pick-and-roll offense with him to perfection.
Prigioni suffered a ankle sprain before the series with Boston in this year's playoffs but came back very quick in Game 2 of the series. Scola was not surprised by that.
"He doesn't play with his body; he plays with his head. There was one year in Spain where he got a problem with his knee, but he kept playing. He could barely run, but he still played. The reason why is because when his head is in the game, he's effective. In today's basketball where it's about jumping high and being strong and all that, he plays the game with his head. That's a little edge that he has."