One of my most vivid impressions of 2009 was watching Scola and Brooks tearing their way through the Blazers' lineup. I was cursing and convulsing, but even then it occured to me that I'd like to see them both on the Blazers playing with their gutsiness. We all know that the small PG is facing an uphill battle in getting Nate's attention, so this leaves me with Scola.
Another impression I have from my scattered (darn comcast monopoly) viewings of the Blazers last year is that Lamarcus is my least favorite Blazer by a long shot. He rarely scraps, he steps away to bomb the 12 footer even when it's not the best option, he doesn't play up to his athleticism or potential, and he refused to step up his game when speaking to the media before the playoffs. I'm not going to argue that Scola>Aldridge in abilities, but I will lambast anyone that says Lamartha puts in more effort.
I think players like Scola will take us over the hump and deep into the playoffs. It seems everyone is looking for the flashiest option with the most highlights and the slickest game, but I don't think that'll get it done in the playoffs. Those guys are great for racking up regular season wins, but when they get bloodied and tired, I'd rather have a scrapper than an All-Star at at least a couple positions.
MLE money may be overpaying for a backup, but in this case I think we'd be getting our money's worth.