The most popular question among online Suns fans hasn’t been how Luis Scola will fit in with the team, what he thinks about Phoenix or how he’s doing since his divorce from Katy Perry (Oh, never mind, that was Russell Brand). Rather, the one thing fans wanted to know more than anything else was exactly what number the Argentine forward will be wearing come October. It’s a question that even he doesn’t have the answer to.
“I’ve always worn number 4. Which is not available right now because Gortat his using number 4. It’s really hard for me because I played my whole life in it. My dad used to play with No. 4 and my son also played with it.
“As of right now I don’t know. I thought about playing with No. 11 which is the number I used when we won the Olympic gold medal but it was also used. I don’t know. I’ll have to do some thinking.”
So with Gortat and Markieff Morris already laying claim to both numbers that are near and dear to Scola’s heart, the question becomes, what options make sense? As a lifelong fan, let me try to lend a hand to the newest Sun.
Some have suggested using his old number twice and going with No. 44. That would be great except for the fact that it was worn by Ring of Honor member Paul Westphal. People have also said going up one number to 5 would be a good choice but the original Sun Dick Van Arsdale.
My expert recommendation? Do what nerds around the world have done for years and follow the wisdom of the Trekkies by boldly going where no man has gone before.
In Suns history no player has worn No. 36, 37, 38, 39, 48, 49 or any number above 55. With Scola coming to a new team and getting a fresh start, why not try to be a true original and make a name for yourself with a number that no one else ever has. Who knows, maybe someday another player won’t be able to wear it because of the legacy the forward creates in Phoenix while in it.