Oscar Schmidt Rumors
Oscar Schmidt finally dipped his toes in the NBA. The Brazilian basketball great and five-time Olympian joined a parade of retired NBA stars, current WNBA players, team owners, celebrity musicians and television personalities at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night. A day after his 59th birthday, Schmidt went 2 for 2 in the game and scored four points. His East team beat the West 88-59. “It feels good. Very good,” Schmidt said. “It was real emotional. I loved it. So I’m happy.”
It’s been many years since the 10-year-old Scola was working as a ball boy for the 1990 FIBA World Championship in Buenos Aires and made sure to get a picture with his hero, the Brazilian star setting the international stage on fire. The photograph was nearly lost, as Scola accidentally destroyed all but three photos on his camera when he pulled the film reel out too quickly. Luckily, his picture with Schmidt survived, but when Scola sees Schmidt again when he’s honored at Monday’s Nets-Grizzlies game, it might be time to get one more.
“It was fun because he was such a big hero for me and we got a chance to talk a little bit, so obviously it’s going to be emotional for me to see him,” Scola said. “It’s going to be a good day. I’m going to have the chance to talk to him, and see him, maybe take another picture, you know, 30 years later.”
Legendary Brazilian mega-scorer Oscar Schmidt was inducted in the Italian Baskeball Hall of Fame today before the league game between Reggia Caserta and Consultinvest Pesaro. Schmidt, one of the greatest scorers in basketball history with a career total of 49,737 points, received the honor by Gaetano Laguardia, vice president of the Italian Basketball Federation. The Brazilian icon spent eleven years of his long and prolific career in Italy, playing in Caserta from 1982 to 1990 and then joining Pavia from 1990 to 1993.
After the U.S. men’s basketball team finished practice on Tuesday, Klay Thompson rushed out of the gym to catch up with Schmidt and take a photo. “He’s a great icon for basketball,” Thompson said. “I look up to him. He’s a great shooter and a great player.”