He was still hurt. He has four of the five highest-scoring games in Olympic history, topped by a 55-pointer in 1988. There are very few things regarding which all fans across the world can arrive at a consensus. He scored nearly 50,000 points in a professional career that spanned 29 years and led all scorers in every league he played in. As Schmidt ambles through the corridors of Carioca Arena, his weakened knees preventing him from moving with the grace he once showed on the floor, his countrymen treat him with respect and reverence. Let me make it a little more difficult. Nevertheless, depend on Schmidt to get off more than his share of shots. It was very beautiful that a guy like Kobe Bryant liked me. The only players I think could make that team are Kobe, Shaquille and LeBron.”. "If they make it into the top eight teams, that would be a tremendous result for them - I hope they do that.". That's normal. When it comes to deciding which is the greatest basketball team of all time, there is no divisiveness. At that time, there had been discussion inside the U.S. basketball program about possibly using professionals in upcoming Olympics. If we'd won that we could have gone for a medal. Even if the American public doesn't know Schmidt all that well, he's a worldwide legend. Before that the most important thing for me was playing in for my country, so I refused all NBA advances. He is also known as Oscar Schmidt in Spain, where he played for Fórum Valladolid for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, and simply Oscar, or Mão Santa (Holy Hand), in his homeland. Unofficially credited with scoring over 49,000 career points — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 38,387 — Schmidt is the Olympic leader with 1,093, nearly 800 more than Carmelo Anthony, who became Team USA’s career leader during these games. OS: I remember I tried to bring my camera to the bench! The guy who doesn't jump, doesn't run, and played better than anyone else. Schmidt, who scored 24 against that squad, takes personal satisfaction for his role in basketball’s global growth. Larry Bird. Last updated on 14 June 201214 June 2012.From the section Olympics. I know that I wasn't, but my whole career I practised to be the best. I would change everything, every point — not that Pan American Games — but the rest for a medal in the Olympics,” said Schmidt, who finished fifth three times. Schmidt helped open the door for non-U.S. players, and there were 100 on NBA rosters to start last season. At least 106 people shot, 14 fatally, in Chicago weekend violence, Watch live: Gov. In the new Olympic Channel series Dream Team 1992 Revisited, we are replaying all the USA Basketball matches, in full, from their Olympic triumph at Barcelona ‘92. Next is Brazil. En 1987, Oscar era ya un jugador experimentado de 29 años que con su selección había disputado los Juegos Olímpicos de 1980 y 1984, además de ser miembro del quinteto ideal del Mundobasket 1986 celebrado en España. TK: As the game developed did they talk to you, or were you did you have any conversations with the USA players? After Schmidt became the first player in Olympic competition to score 1,000 points, he was happy with the attention showered upon him. TK: So when you're scoring 55 points in an Olympic match, or 46 in the Pan-Am Games gold medal match against the US, what is that feeling like in your mind? Big shot: Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt changed Olympic basketball. I didn't stay home crying and it made my life better than before. I shot 90 in a row with a teammate passing me the ball. Schmidt also was the leading scorer in the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain, when he averaged only 24.8 points per game. I thought, we want to win the game. Tom Kirkland: When you were in the zone and the shots were falling, and you know that nobody can really guard you, what are you thinking? They all want to touch the man dubbed “Mao Santo” in Portuguese, The Holy Hand. I was also a rebounder. J.B. Pritzker gives a coronavirus update, After Twitter outcry, 5 women detail Chris D’Elia’s alleged sexual improprieties. Team GB face Australia, Brazil, China, Spain and a qualifier in their group. I played against my idol Larry Bird and I had a great time playing against him. And maybe Schmidt, who rejected overtures by NBA teams to play in Europe and on five Olympic teams for Brazil from 1980-1996. He was a mystery, something of an urban legend until 1987, when during an unforgettable game in Indiana, the heartland of American hoops, Schmidt scored 46 points in the final of the Pan American Games to stun the Americans. "You know what (Oscar Schmidt) is going to do," said Scottie Pippen, who, along with Grant Hill, figures to get the defensive assignment on Schmidt when the Dream Team meets Brazil on Tuesday night. It wasn't just the fans, athletes from other disciplines were equally star struck by this unprecedented collection of hall of fame athletes. Everybody who plays basketball is a kid. "With him, you have to play hard on the defensive end to make things happen for the team," said Pippen, who finished the preliminary games as the leading scorer for the Dream Team, averaging 12.6 per game. He is also known as Oscar Schmidt in Spain, where he played for Fórum Valladolid for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, and simply Oscar, or Mão Santa (Holy Hand), in his homeland. I went to the Pope. Schmidt was often derided for not putting as much effort into his defensive duties as his offensive ones, but was generally forgiven for it because his was such a precious scoring talent, honed by long hours of training. In an exclusive Olympic Channel interview, basketball’s all-time leading point scorer recalls his encounter against the USA Dream Team at the Barcelona ‘92 Olympics, before finally getting to play with Jordan in Italy. TK: Who are your favourite players from across the two generations that Michael and Kobe played in? GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. "I remember coming to England and Scotland and playing there when I was just 16 or 17 years old," he told BBC Sport. I played against his father every year, and our team was much better than his team - and we would kick his ass every year. "We played like five or six games and it was a wonderful experience for a young player to have.". So they put the Dream Team together.”. The Dream Team phenomenon manifested itself in a cornucopia of merchandises manifesting the likeness of the players. TK: The Dream Team changed all that, because Barislav Stankovic pushed for NBA players to play internationally, so that other NBA stars could play in the Olympics. My team was standing on the floor in silence. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in 1984, but played in Italy, where he routinely scored 50 in a game.

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