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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Thats him, the man who changed international basketball. Hes the one who single-handedly beat the United States on its own soil nearly 30 years ago, stoking the ambers that led to the Dream Team.The greatest scorer in the history of the game, by a bunch, hes perhaps the best player to never to slip on an NBA jersey.Except for his size, Oscar Schmidt could walk down a city street in the U.S. unnoticed.Not in Brazil.As Schmidt ambles through the corridors of Carioca Arena, his weakened knees preventing him from moving with the grace he once showed on the floor, his countrymen treat him with respect and reverence. Police officers ask if they can have their picture taken with him, young volunteers squeeze in close for selfies and everyone he encounters shows him love. They all want to touch the man dubbed Mao Santo in Portuguese, The Holy Hand.Schmidt accepts it all and happily obliges every request with a smile, and often with a hearty laugh.These Olympics are personal to the Brazilian basketball icon. These games are on his court.I have had a great life, he said before doing TV commentary for Brazils double-overtime loss to Argentina on Saturday.He was a mystery, something of an urban legend until 1987, when during an unforgettable game in Indiana, the heartland of American hoops, Schmidt scored 46 points in the final of the Pan American Games to stun the Americans. It ended a 34-game winning streak for the U.S., its first loss in international competition at home.Schmidt, a cocky shooters 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.When the game ended, Schmidt stood under one basket and wept with joy as his teammates celebrated. They had done the unimaginable.That game was the best part of my life because we proved to the whole world that it was possible to beat them, the 58-year-old Schmidt said. And we were afraid to lose by 50.At that time, there had been discussion inside the U.S. basketball program about possibly using professionals in upcoming Olympics. And when the Americans were beaten by the Soviet Union the following year at the Seoul Games and finished with a bronze, the U.S. decided it was time to bring in the big boys.Four years later, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird and their All-Star teammates pummeled the competition in Barcelona while inspiring the rest of the world to shoot higher.Schmidt, who scored 24 against that squad, takes personal satisfaction for his role in basketballs global growth.Yeah, of course I do, he said, his voice rising with pride. When we beat them, everybody saw it and said, if they can win, we can win. So they put the Dream Team together.The Americans exacted revenge on Schmidt in Spain, pounding Brazil 127-83 and winning by an average of 43.8 points per game on their way to a gold medal.That was the best team Ive ever seen play, said Schmidt, one of the Olympic flag bearers in the opening ceremony. They were something. The only players I think could make that team are Kobe, Shaquille and LeBron.And maybe Schmidt, who rejected overtures by NBA teams to play in Europe and on five Olympic teams for Brazil from 1980-1996. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in 1984, but played in Italy, where he routinely scored 50 in a game.When he got into a zone, with his size at 6-8 and his mentality, once he got going, he was one of the toughest guys you would ever want to go up against, said former Australian Olympian Andrew Gaze, who relishes the chance to catch up with his good friend. I think if he came through in a later generation, he would have been very successful in the NBA. But back when he was at his best, there were very few international players. The NBA wasnt really considering international players the way they are now.Schmidt helped open the door for non-U.S. players, and there were 100 on NBA rosters to start last season. And the American stars can thank the Hall of Famer, too, for getting them inside the five Olympic rings.Unofficially credited with scoring over 49,000 career points -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 38,387 -- Schmidt is the Olympic leader with 1,093, nearly 800 more than Carmelo Anthony, who became Team USAs career leader during these games.Schmidt chuckled when reminded of the disparity before turning serious.But hes going to win three times gold medals. I would change everything, every point -- not that Pan American Games -- but the rest for a medal in the Olympics, said Schmidt, who finished fifth three times. We had two good chances, not to get a medal, but a chance to win the Olympics. We came very close, but life is like that. You cant have everything. Brandon McCarthy Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. 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TORONTO -- With all due respect to T.S. Eliot, when it was finally over, it ended not with a bang but a whimper, a long, mournful whimper.Of course, Team USA had been emotionally, if not technically, gone long before the final whistle blew on a 4-3 loss to a Czech Republic team most had considered the weakest in the eight-team World Cup of Hockey.Thursdays loss, naturally, put that debate to bed as the Americans finished a desultory 0-3, putting the final piece of punctuation on this most lamentable of international tournaments.Three games, no wins, five goals scored, two by defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Zero goals for defending NHL scoring champ and MVP Patrick Kane.At one point Thursday, veteran defenseman Ryan Suter inadvertently stickhandled the puck into his own net while trying to clear it.By Friday morning, there will be little to remind anyone that the U.S. team had actually been at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, except maybe a little stain like the oil spot an old car leaves on your driveway.Perhaps the best-case scenario is that this team will be remembered for how quickly it went from a plucky, blue-collar squad hoping to knock off the worlds best to become quite simply placeholders in the pantheon of U.S. hockey history.Because just as we were watching dumbfounded while the Americans imploded, losing 3-0 to Team Europe and then 4-2 to Canada before Thursdays dismal finale, the future of not just American hockey -- maybe even the game itself -- was capturing hearts and minds.Team North America didnt advance to the semifinal round in spite of going 2-1, but in their brief time at the World Cup of Hockey, there wasnt a more exciting group to watch.They were, in many ways, the anti-Team USA: joyful, driving to the net with abandon, rising to the occasion -- even if they were denied a place in the semifinals on a tie-breaker.Imagine in two years if the NHL returns to the Olympics in South Korea, or in four years to the World Cup of Hockey (assuming the event isnt just going to be shoved back into the hockey closet for another dozen years), what a Team USA might look like.How about Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews as your 1-2 centers, maybe setting up Patrick Kane, one of a handful of U.S. forwards on Team USA who would be considered a lock to make the next best-on-best tournament?Go down the list from Team North America of players who will be pushing for places on the American team in the next best-on-best tournament: Johnny Gaudreau, Brandon Saad, Vincent Trocheck will vie for forward positions while Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba and Shayne Gostisbehere will be factors along the blue line.But as Team USA staggers offf into the sunset, lets pause to remind ourselves of the human beings that don those jerseys.ddddddddddddIts something that has been easy to forget in the hours and days since they lurched out of the gate with a 3-0 loss to Team Europe that pretty much sealed their fate at this tournament.The criticism has been relentless and the attacks often person and sometimes, shockingly, from former teammates or former Team USA players.At one point in the first period of Thursdays meaningless game, a group of fans chanted We want Kessel, a reference to two-time U.S. Olympian Phil Kessel, whose postgame tweet taking a shot at the Americans after the Canada loss went viral.But know this, however poorly this team played, these are players who took time off this summer to train for the tournament, took time away from families and vacations to attend training camp, and traveled hither and yon for pretournament games.For many of these players, Thursdays popped balloon of a game played before a crowd seemingly of family and friends will be the final memory they will have of playing in a red, white and blue jersey.I wish I could play with these guys every day, defenseman Jack Johnson said.That is not an empty sentiment.No one could have imagined this would turn into such a train wreck. And even as the players shouldered responsibility for not getting the job done, there was still something more than a little melancholy about watching them leave the media center for the last time.Each group has an opportunity to do something special, and we definitely didnt take advantage of it, said McDonagh, a two-time Olympian. Same thing in Sochi with that group. Obviously, we talked about a step back in Sochi, the way we finished there, and this is about as low as it can get Im sure as far as where USA Hockey has been in the last handful of international tournaments.I felt especially bad for David Backes, another two-time Olympian, who was a healthy scratch. So was Erik Johnson, who earned a silver medal with Backes in Vancouver. It would be a surprise if either was part of the next best-on-best U.S. roster.The fact they werent in the lineup is yet another sign of what appeared to be a significant disconnect within this group because there were myriad options for players to sit other than these two veterans.The fact these two players were denied a chance at one last moment wearing their countrys colors was a shame, simply another thread in the ugly tapestry woven by this team at this most forgettable of tournaments. Camo China NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL T-shirts Disocunt Football Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Jerseys From China Disocunt Football Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys ' ' '

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