Scola joins Francis, signs with Chinese shoemaker

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola has signed an endorsement deal with Chinese shoemaker Anta, the same company that signed Houston guard Steve Francis to become its first international spokesman last month. The 6-foot-9 Argentine joined the Rockets in a trade with San Antonio in July. Scola has appeared in each of the Rockets' first five games, averaging 18 minutes off the bench. He had eight points and eight rebounds in Houston's 89-80 win over Portland on Nov. 3. Scola, 27, was n...