HoopsHype Oscar Schmidt rumors

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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

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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

Schmidt was asked what he would have averaged in the NBA and said, “One point a minute. Twenty minutes, 20 points. Forty minutes, maybe 60.” C’mon. Get serious. “Did you see me play?” Schmidt fired back. But a point a minute? “One point a minute at least,” he said. “Do you know how many hours I practiced a day.” Eight, he answered. NBA.com

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Basketball star Oscar Schmidt will carry the Olympic flame into Warrington town centre on Thursday. The 54-year-old, 6ft 8in star, is the leading points scorer in Olympic history and was inducted into the world basketball hall of fame in 2010. He is widely considered to be the best basketball player never to have competed in the NBA. He will hand the torch to John Paul Smith, aged 25, from Rainhill, at the fountain by the skittle in the centre of town. This Is Cheshire

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