Oscar Schmidt Rumors
Oscar Schmidt was the band you loved fiercely and could never convince anyone else was the greatest thing on earth. Oscar Schmidt was indie rock. Kobe’s call? “No question,” he says, “he would have been one of the greatest.” In ’95, after a short, unsatisfying stint in Spain, Schmidt finally came home. He spent his last few years at Flamengo, an all-sports club and a dynasty — the Yankees of Brazil. There, in his forties, he made the best money of his career. How did he manage at such an advanced age? “I don’t waste my energy,” he says. “I start to have more precision.” He smiles. “And I start to defend only in the second half.”
He’d made some noise over the years about not wanting to take a limited role in the league. His friend Georgi Glouchkov, a Bulgarian forward and the first Eastern Bloc player in the NBA, complained to Schmidt that he couldn’t get touches. And this is Oscar Schmidt we’re talking about: If you’re not gunning, why are you even alive? Greg Dole, a former Brazilian basketball scout, recalls training with Nene before the 2002 draft. “Nene said, ‘If I get drafted in the first round, I’m gonna buy a team in Brazil and sign Oscar,’” Dole says. “‘And order him to pass the ball!’” By the time the international rules changed, Schmidt was 35. “Too old to be a hookie,” he says, swapping his r’s for h’s in the Brazilian style.
Screenwriter R. Scott Shields has been tapped to write an untitled biopic on Brazilian basketball star Oscar Schmidt. The untitled project is being produced by Rafinha Bastos and is expected to shoot in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Known as one of the greatest shooters in the history of the game, Schmidt turned down an offer to play in the NBA in the 1980s, choosing to retain his amateur status in order to represent Brazil in international competition.
05 Apr 14
Schmidt said it was their own doing, while mentioning other players from Brazil and other countries that play for their national team. Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson “Varejao, most of the time comes. [San Antonio Spurs forward] Tiago Splitter – fantastic. But Leandro and Nene. They have problems. They have big problems and I hate to say. I hate to say,” Schmidt said. Nene “just come to the Olympics? Who doesn’t want to play in the Olympics? Everyone! Everyone! [Manu] Ginobili goes every time [and Luis] Scola goes every time [for Argentina]. Tony Parker goes every time [for France]. Dirk Nowitzki goes every time [for Germany]. All the Dream Team in America. And why not ours? So…okay?”
As for Kobe? Schmidt considers him among the sport’s all-time greats along with LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Other than that quintet, Schmidt wasn’t about to concede anyone else would have been better than him if he had played in the NBA. He’s so convinced of his presumed dominance, in fact, that he thinks he would have averaged at least a point a minute. “I would be one of the best 10 ever,” he said.