When veteran Luis Scola first entered the NBA in 2007, despite his years of experience in Europe, he was still a relative youngster of 26. He signed with the Houston Rockets and spent the next five years there, the prime of his NBA career.
The Rockets, in the midst of a 50th anniversary celebration looking at the history of the club, decided to specifically honor Scola's contribution to their team upon his return to play against them on Dec. 12.
The video wasn't just clips of Scola in action for the Rockets, but also of some of Houston's greatest players paying tribute.
Dikembe Mutombo, Yao Ming and Shane Battier all attested to Scola's hustle and heart on the team while Scola looked on before the game tipped off.
"It means a lot to me to be part of the Rockets," said a younger Scola in the video. "Especially coming from another country."
In the game itself, the Argentine center wasn't able to help his current team, the Brooklyn Nets, win against the Rockets. The Nets are now 4-17 and in fourth place in the Atlantic division.