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Pau Gasol on verge of tying legendary Olympics scoring record

Aug 7, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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When Brazilian basketball legend turned broadcaster Oscar Schmidt showed up for a Team USA practice, students of the game like Carmelo Anthony went up to him and asked if they could take a picture with him. Schmidt is an international legend.

And he was the leading scorer in the Olympics in 1988, 1992 (more points per game than Charles Barkley or any Dream Teamer) and 1996.

Pau Gasol may beat equal that mark, (something noted by the ESPN stats department).

Gasol is fluid and skilled in the post, a lethal scorer. (Note to Mike Brown, may want to get him some touches there next season. Just an idea.) Plus Gasol can step out and knock down the midrange. Gasol has been the anchor of the Spanish offense for more than a decade.

Gasol was the leading scorer of the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 games in Beijing. Do it one more time and he ties Schmidt.

Gasol is tied as the London Olympics’ leading scorer with Patty Mills of Australia at 20.6 points per game. Right behind them are Argentinians Luis Scola (20.2) and Manu Ginobili (20, and arguably the guy playing the best overall in games). Kevin Durant leads the USA at 18.6 per contest.

Mills has one more game, against the USA and its defense aimed at “cutting off the head” — take out the best scorer of the other team, make him give up the rock. Mills is going to get hounded Wednesday. If Kobe wants to do his Laker teammate a solid, he could shut down Mills.

The question is what happens to Gasol’s scoring average against the better teams of the medal round? Be careful asking Lakers fans about them, some of them are oddly biased against Gasol. Because what’s he ever done for them?

  1. dunkindan - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Patty Mills is so under rated. he’ll blow by Kobe.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Huge Patty Mills fan here, but LOL.

    • saint1997 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:48 AM

      yeah dude i want australia to win as well but don’t get too caught up. its patty cakes v all star starter black mamba

    • 24thesho - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      C’mon, mang!

  2. cordae - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    You HAVE to be great to be a leading scorer in an event that didnt even exist…

    Like the 1998 Olympics -__-…

    • surefooted1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      He was definitely “out of this world” scoring in the 1998 Olympics. He was easily the leading scorer that year.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      What? Don’t you remember the ice basket event at Nagano?

  3. smoothaswilkes - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Get it done Pau! It would be the perfect cap to and incredible international career. Oh yeah, then there are those two banners he helped hang in LA… so far.

  4. snitor - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    “turned broadcaster” means “turned a terrible broadcaster”.. (ask any brazilian who is watching this thing..)

  5. camnellum12 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Probably the most underrated player in the NBA.

  6. khuxford - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I’m glad I wasn’t the first one to notice that a ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS EVENT didn’t happen two years after the previous occurrence.

  7. infectorman - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    He got away with a blatant travel/up-n-down in Game 7 of the finals in 2008.
    One of many obvious pro – LALA Land calls in that game.
    Not unlike the Offensive foul on KoME that somehow resulted in Sheed fouling out of the game.
    Stern, we Love ya’ here in Boston

    • camnellum12 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      The 2008 Finals went 6 games, I think you’re talking about the 2010 Finals.

  8. infectorman - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    correct, I had blotted it out.

    Several bad calls in that game 7 to make ensure a Laker repeat

  9. dunkindan - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I never said they’d win the game but I said he’d blow by Kobe. Check out the box score. Mills had 26 and hit a bunch of shot’s over Bryant. I still think Mills should be in the league for the next 5 or 6 years down the line.

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