oscar schmidt, mao santa

Oscar Schmidt, the greatest basketball player in Brazilian history, is retiring.
This is only interesting to me because we learn his nickname is “Mao Santa,” which in Portuguese means “holy hand.” Me, I’m having a great time picturing “Mao Santa,” which in English means “brutal yet eternally smiling Chinese dictator who brings presents to good revolutionaries and lumps of coal to bad ones.”

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  1. Oscar was the player who most score in Olimpics Games (sum of his points and most points in one olympic game). This nickname is a kind of joke and means more or less that his shoots are “saint” or magical (something like magic johynson)

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