HoopsHype Hall of Fame rumors

September 9, 2013 Updates

As it stands, Schmidt's legacy in basketball is nearly unmatched, particularly outside of the United States. Like American fans talk about Kobe, LeBron, Magic, Michael and Larry, millions of Europeans and Brazilians simply refer to Schmidt using his first name. "Anytime you only have one name you're pretty famous," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who played against Schmidt in the Italian league. "If you just say Oscar, everybody knew who that was." SportsonEarth

For years, the Wizards were saved from true national punchline status by the Clippers. Now the Clippers are respectable, and apparently the Wizards have taken their place in all those jokes. Thus, this passage from Oscar Schmidt’s acceptance speech at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. (Watch it here.) “Then I must thank Cláudio Mortari,” Schmidt said, during a portion of his speech when he was thanking everyone. “This guy’s tough. This guy win wherever he goes. If he came to the Wizards, they win. Yes! I don’t know what championship he would win, but he’ll win.” Washington Post

Roger Brown became a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer on Sunday, with another Hall of Famer telling people what the former Indiana Pacers superstar in the old ABA meant to the franchise. "People say that I put the Indiana Pacers on the map," Reggie Miller said. "No, it all started with Roger Brown." USA Today Sports

Brown, who died in 1997, was presented by Miller and Hall of Famer Mel Daniels, a teammate of Brown's. Brown's daughter, Gayle Brown Mayes, called it "a really special day" but "bittersweet" because of her father's absence. During the induction, Mayes was on the stage with Brown's son, Roger Jr., plus Miller and Daniels. Brown Jr. spoke on behalf of the family in a video played at the induction. He thanked Miller and Daniels, saying, "There is nothing more bestowing than having two Pacers legends usher in a fellow Pacer legend through the doors of the Hall of Fame." USA Today Sports

September 8, 2013 Updates

A few choice quotes from a clearly emotional Glove: "If anyone wants to know where I get my personality, just stop any one of my siblings, and it'll become very clear." "Everyone's asking me why (John Stockton) is the hardest person to guard instead of Michael Jordan. First off, that's my opinion. So that's how it's going to go." CBSSports.com

Marc Berman: King: "I treasured playing for the #Knicks. I was home." Thanks Woodson for his candidacy and Melo for "recognizing" his career. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

Scott Howard-Cooper: John Stockton also here, as a GP presenter. Payton, Kidd, Stockton -- I told Payton there'd better be a pickup game after the ceremony. Twitter @SHowardCooper

One other thing as the ceremony approaches: Schmidt, a star in his native Brazil and also Italy, is at the Hall about 4 and 1/2 months after undergoing brain surgery to remove a tumor, following a similar procedure about two years ago. He said he is in good health – “I’m cured, man” – but also does chemotherapy. “And now, I am spending everything I gained,” he said. “All the money I get. And I get a lot of money. Lots of money, I get.” NBA.com

He has a personality that splashes everywhere and a big laugh to match. Not quite a Magic Johnson shakes-the-walls laugh, but not far off either. Except that Oscar Schmidt is being serious now. He said he would have been one of the 10 best players in the NBA if the basketball world had been different in the 1970s and ‘80s, and he came to the United States. And not one of the 10 best in the league. One of the 10 best ever, “Yes,” Schmidt said. “Anytime. It was easier, because in the NBA at that time it was one-on-one, always. One-on-one, I’m free. If it comes to two players guarding me, maybe.” Insert big laugh. “I would be one of the best 10 ever.” NBA.com

Signing with the NBA at that time would have meant being ineligible for the national team, and Schmidt was not willing to make that tradeoff. The Nets pursued him three years in a row, he said, but no way. After the rules were changed to allow the Dream Team to play in the 1992 Olympics, sure, except that Schmidt was 34 by the time of the historic Barcelona Games. It would be different under the current rules. “Give me two months of practice, I kill everybody else,” he said Saturday at the Hall of Fame, the day before the induction ceremony. Another big laugh. “There was not a price [the Nets could have offered]. There was national team. That’s it. The national team doesn’t have a price. It’s proud. It’s what you live for. And today, people don’t like to play for the national team. That’s very sad for me.” NBA.com

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