For more information on the Dream Team '92, and to see a full broadcast schedule of their matches on Olympic Channel, click here. That's normal. “I have had a great life,” he said before doing TV commentary for Brazil’s double-overtime loss to Argentina on Saturday. I was also a rebounder. If only camera phones had existed in 1992, Oscar Schmidt would have one heck of a selfie on his mantlepiece. Britain's men should target a place in the quarter-finals of the Olympic basketball competition, says Brazil legend Oscar Schmidt. "If they make it into the top eight teams, that would be a tremendous result for them - I hope they do that.". Big shot: Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt changed…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). When he attacked on the court he hurt two of our players! Schmidt, a cocky shooter’s shooter with remarkable range and little interest in playing defense, scored 35 points in the second half as Brazil overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to stun the U.S. team, which included college stars David Robinson, Danny Manning and coached by Denny Crum. He is a great scorer, and we don't plan to give him any easy looks.". But I didn't in the end because people would get mad with me. There are very few things regarding which all fans across the world can arrive at a consensus. At the Barcelona 1992 Olympics his Brazil basketball team were drawn against the USA’s Dream Team, featuring the likes of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. When it comes to deciding which is the greatest basketball team of all time, there is no divisiveness. But was there any talking? GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. He was top scorer in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 events, including when the US Dream Team - rated the greatest basketball unit ever assembled - stormed to the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. Clyde Drexler, who played for the US in that game, acknowledged Schmidt's talent. It ended a 34-game winning streak for the U.S., its first loss in international competition at home. "I feel very lucky to play for my national team for 20 years," said Schmidt, "to play in five Olympics and have many records. "We're going to make him work as hard as we make other players work," said U.S. coach Lenny Wilkens, noting that the U.S. is shooting 57.9 percent thus far to its opponents' 44 percent. Larry Bird. He scored a total of 1,095 points in the 38 games he played in the Olympics, averaging nearly 29 points per outing. Un año después, en su primera participación con la selección brasileña, Óscar conquistó la medalla de bronce en el Mundial de Filipinas'78. He was still hurt. After I quit basketball, I went to the Beijing Olympic Games and I went to the practice of the new Dream Team. He should be thankful Rockies fans still care. Record Denver snowfall is rare for multiple reasons, A debate is raging inside Young Life as the Colorado-based ministry faces backlash over LGBTQ policy, Colorado grocery workers worry as Thanksgiving shoppers crowd stores, Guest commentary: A concerned public needs more information on reasons for COVID restrictions, Denver Health retaliated against those who spoke out about systemic racism and COVID-19, whistleblower complaint alleges. What do you remember about the Dream Team. Absolutely nobody could have foreseen the astronomical level of popularity these 12 men enjoyed. After Schmidt became the first player in Olympic competition to score 1,000 points, he was happy with the attention showered upon him. If we'd won that we could have gone for a medal. That's why I scored a lot. at that time. I played against my idol Larry Bird and I had a great time playing against him. His nickname in Brazil is Mao Santa (holy hand). But one day I spent two hours to make the 20, and then I kept shooting to see how far I could go. Los Lakers son los principales favoritos a revalidar el título, aunque hay nuevas amenazas. I don't think Magic Johnson played in the game. They might as well have been the Space Jam team fighting for Planet Earth. Oscar Schmidt: First of all, I practise a lot. "There's helicopters up there. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! TK: You said that the 1987 Pan American Games gold medal match was your most memorable because it was in the US, you beat the US, and you scored forty six, what happened after that match? My team was standing on the floor in silence. RIO DE JANEIRO — That’s him, the man who changed international basketball. Schmidt helped open the door for non-U.S. players, and there were 100 on NBA rosters to start last season. "And I'm very happy about it.". "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. “When we beat them, everybody saw it and said, if they can win, we can win. Oscar Schmidt was a 6’9″ shooting guard/small forward who became the most prolific scorer in the history of basketball with over 49,000 points. ", "Sometimes it went well, sometimes not, but I always did my best," said Schmidt. “But he’s going to win three times gold medals. The Olympics almost became a sideshow in their wake. 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. He played in Brazil, Italy and Spain but never joined the NBA because he was worried it might have prevented him playing internationally for Brazil. "He shoots the ball as soon as he touches it.". The NBA wasn’t really considering international players the way they are now.”. The change in rules came too late in my career. Oscar Schmidt cumple 44 años con 40 puntos, Francis Alonso: "Mekel nos ha intentado sacar información". CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. "I was focused - if anything I practised too much," said Schmidt. Furthermore, for his phenomenal play in the Olympics year after year, he … Let me make it a little more difficult. Even if the American public doesn't know Schmidt all that well, he's a worldwide legend. Because he's losing them by the day. "I was very excited they announced it (during the game)," he said Sunday. "We had a tremendous game against the Soviet Union - we lost by two points and I missed the last shot. That's why I shot good. To celebrate the next episode on May 7 - where the United States take on Brazil - Tom caught up with Schmidt to relive some of his memories from that day. "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 … "I remember coming to England and Scotland and playing there when I was just 16 or 17 years old," he told BBC Sport. TK: As the game developed did they talk to you, or were you did you have any conversations with the USA players? The best moments from an unforgettable campaign as USA's all star 'Dream Te... TK: Every Thursday we replay one of the Dream Team games from Barcelona.