All-time Olympic basketball scoring champ Oscar Schmidt of Brazil was officially announced for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Monday alongside Rick Pitino, Bernard King, Gary Payton, and UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Schmidt may never have played in the NBA, and didn’t even win an Olympic medal in his five tries between 1980 and 1996. But many believe the Brazilian star’s scoring exploits against the U.S. were partly to blame for the creation of the famous 1992 Barcelona Dream Team.
That’s because Oscar led his national team to an upset of the U.S. on their home soil at the 1987 Pan-Am Games in Indianapolis. That night the legendary Brazilian scored 48 points in a 120-115 gold medal win over a team that included NBA No. 1 overall picks David Robinson, Danny Manning, and Pervis Ellison.
Oscar himself was drafted by the New Jersey in the sixth round of the 1984 draft, but turned down the Nets to instead play in Italy and later Brazil, where he accumulated 49,737 career points.
Oscar earned some amount of fame in 1992 when Charles Barkley was regularly asked about the Brazilian’s scoring. At the time, the future NBA MVP claimed to not be scared of Oscar, and often made fun of the attention he received. But Barkley has since said he has a great deal of respect for Oscar, who scored 24 points as a “35-year-old second stringer” in his game against the Dream Team, and another 26 in 1996.
Oscar still holds the record for most points all-time in the Olympics with 1093, and for most points averaged during an Olympics when he put up 42.3 per game in Seoul. He’s the only player ever to eclipse 1,000 in an Olympic career and was also a seven-time scoring champ in the Italian leagues.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s football confederation has fired the coach who ledNeymar and company to the country’s first Olympic football gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Confederation spokesman Gregorio Fernandes confirmed on Monday that youth division coach Rogerio Micale was removed after Brazil failed to qualify for the next Under-20 World Cup.
In nine games in the South American U20 championship, Brazil won three, drew four, and lost two, ending in fifth position.
Micale started with Brazil U20s in May 2015, shortly before the U20 World Cup inNew Zealand, where Brazil lost the final to Serbia.
After Dunga was removed as coach in June 2016, Micale took over Brazil’s Olympic team.
Micale’s contract was recently extended to the 2020 Olympics.
His successor has not been picked.
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The North Korean member of the International Olympic Committee believes a North Korean delegation will be at the PyeongChang Olympics, according to Kyodo News.
“There is no reason why we won’t come and no reason why we can’t,” IOC member Chang Ung said last week at the Asian Winter Games in Japan, according to the news agency. “We will proceed according to the Olympic Charter.”
An IOC spokesman previously said that the first step toward possible North Korean participation in the PyeongChang Olympics would be the North Korean Olympic Committee’s response to its invitation to the Winter Games sent out two weeks ago.
The IOC sends invitations to National Olympic Committees around the world coinciding with one year out to an Olympics.
However, it’s not a certainty that North Korea will qualify any athletes for the Winter Games. Despite winning at least four medals at every Summer Games since boycotting Seoul 1988, it didn’t have any athletes at the Sochi Olympics and just two at Vancouver 2010.
North Korea has zero top performing international winter sports athletes and few who even appear at major competitions.
North Korean short track speed skater Choe Un Song ranks No. 123 in the world after appearing in one World Cup this season in Beijing. A pairs figure skating team is ranked No. 54. A different North Korean pairs team missed a Sochi berth by 1.5 points at the last qualifying competition.
Nations without qualified athletes are still able to enter one man and one woman in the Summer Olympics in swimming and track and field. But no such exception applies in the Winter Games.
The IOC has given no indication that an exception could be made to invite a non-qualified North Korean athlete to PyeongChang.
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