Charlotte Hornets | NBA Carl Scheer lessons dementia battles

Carl Scheer has 82 years of age and has a good day.

Scheer has dementia. The man who created the star dunk contest and who was walking at Charlotte Hornets during his first glorious season is now living permanently in Charlotte's nursing facility.

For many years, Scheer has become one of the fastest basketball intentions. Now the mind is furry.

On several days, Scheer does not deal enough. On others, like this, he talked more.

I greet him at the nursing facility, sit with his wheelchair and ask how he is doing.

"I have two jobs," he responds softly. "I worked 2-12 yesterday, so I'm exhausted."

He does not really have two jobs. But sometimes, his family tells me, Scheer believes that he is holding the Charlotte Checkers mini-hack team. The opinions of others always respected, so he will ask some of the other residents the facility to help him make decisions about the team.

Sometimes he still believes that there are some basketball contracts that he has to negotiate. Scheer loves to see Bailey, the family dog ​​who gives his wife occasionally to visit, although he does not always remember the dog's name.

But Carl Scheer is still.

At the nursing facility, I spoke to Scheer and his wife, Marsha. She lives alone in a nearby apartment complex and visits her husband for almost 59 years every day She and Son of Scheers, Bob, allowed me to write about the health of Carl Scheer and encouraged me to visit her to him.

Scheer's chance is in other places, but then he looks hard for me.

"What kind of contract do you have?" He asks me.

"Handmade agreement," I say.

Cloud a little bit It looks a bit sorry.

"Not enough?" Ask me

He smiles "No," he says. "Not enough."

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Contracts. Scheer, who was a lawyer through training, was a great deal. Scheer N.C. signed David Thompson of the State for a five-year contract back in 1975.

At this time, the Denver Nuggets American Basketball Association was running a Scheer, highlighting the start – in this case, the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association – for Thompson services. It was a great deal, because Thompson is the biggest star in the college game and so he is the idol of Michael Jordan.


The former Denver Nuggets, Carl Scheer, executive team begins for fans who are honored before the start of the NBA basketball game in Denver in 2014. The Nuggets and the Charlotte Hornets played during his career and gave Both teams honor him. Scheer, 82, has lived in Charlotte and has a dementia.

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"Carl was a genius of marketing," said Thompson, "and it was great to make everyone get special. When I went out to Denver for the first time, he won and dined me – he gave a real carpet treatment When I went to see the Hawks, it was not so. I met in McDonald's. The money was the same in both places, but Carl was a way to be needed you want. "

He also suggested that Mr. Scheer's friend and guard signed a Thompson point at N.C. State, Monte Towe, contracted with the Nuggets.

Just over ten years later, Scheer was running the Hornets. He really had two jobs – he ordered both team and business-based basketball operations. He said to the Observer in 1988, just before the first Hornets game: "It is my biggest fear that we will be able to keep our NBA enthusiasm in Charlotte."

After that, the Hornets succeeded more than everyone's first-time dream dreams, selling almost every game in a 24,000 seat area, Scheer wanted a multi-annual guarantee contract to stay in Charlotte. Hornets owner George Sinn said "No." Sinn was a rule at the time that he did not only guarantee his players' guarantees – although he repeated that rule in his occupation.

So, Scheer Charlotte left in 1990 to go back to Denver, where he offered to return him a five-year guarantee contract.

Ultimately, Scheer returned to the Carolinas and to Charlotte, however. He made two hack teams different mini groups. He completed the construction of a 14,000 seat area in the center of Greenville, S.C. He repeatedly worked for Charlotte Hornets, this time in community relations, to open his wound repair during the years of the team owned by Bob Johnson.

"Charlotte has a grateful debt," said former NBA commissioner David Stern, a friend of Scheer for more than 40 years. "The All-Star weekend is coming up very exciting. Carl Scheer added a lot of why Charlotte's weekend can be at all at all."

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General Manager Charlotte Hornets, Carl Scheer, left and the staff owner, George Sinn, asked questions in 1990. Scheer asked a guaranteed contract to stay in Charlotte. He refused to give him, leaving the Scheer event. The two men finally managed.

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Sinn and Scheer made up after the contract dispute broke them separately, and Sinn went to the end to Scheer again to carry out some consultation work in New Orleans. Sinn said, the NBA was sure to expand into Charlotte in 1988 and then watch a series of 364 direct sales at 23,698 seats which began Charlotte Coliseum during the first Hornets season: "Many of the things done right, I got a credit for them. But I will admit that most of them did not think of me … When I got the team, it was all Carl. "

The dunk contest

Carl's son, Bob Scheer, is living in Charlotte and works at the McColl Center town as a development vice president. He calls his best father's best. "I was his son, and then I was a business partner, and now his carer," said Bob Scheer for his father. "So it's the circle."

Bob Scheer had consulted before my visit to the nursing facility to see Carl that I should "go straight to it" – let Carl dictate the conversation. His father was having trouble answering questions, Bob said, but Carl still enjoyed. Bob Scheer, started a good conversation, did not talk about the events that the Cornets expanded on Chicago Default on December 23, 1988, during his first season.

"It was the greatest joy I ever looked at that night," said Bob Scheer, "because this is a small team, giving Michael Jordan the first time Michael Jordan came back to North Carolina as a professional. It was one of my biggest dads' career nights. "

So, when we sit together, as well as his wife, I asked Carl Scheer about that night in 1988. I did not move to Charlotte until 1994, and this game is just one of the moments that I want to dona Does he remember it? Ireland's eyes.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan scored 33 points in the NBA and North Carolina basketball game in the game on December 23, 1988 against Charlotte Hornets, his first game back in his home state. The Hornets beat a final kick on Chicago Bulls 103-101 on Jordan, starting a 364 game streak after one another.

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"Yes, sure," says Scheer, smiling. "That was memorable."

Encouraging, I asked for the slam-dunk competition, the event of the NBA All-Star weekend signaling event when it was taken off in 1984. It is held in Charlotte in February 16 this year, with most current party Hornet Miles Bridges. The creation of the dunk contest in the ABA wing-prayer and its ultimate migration to the NBA All Star game – is a great pride in Scheer.

But Carl Scheer looks at me when I try to talk to him.

"I do not remember that," he says.

I ask a little help. The nursing facility over a computer made a nice woman on the team. On YouTube, I see the ABA nearby dunk competition. The end of the wonderful edge is between the former star of Wolfpack Thompson, later native to the Denver Scheer Nuggets, and Julius's ex-flight "Dr. J" Erving.

The competition was dunk at the end of the All-Star game, after Thompson had defended Erving for much of the first half. The five dunk competitors could be the NBA championship team: George Gervin, Artis Gilmore and Larry Kenon the other events. The total prize of money was $ 1,200.

Screensaver is scanned and cleansed. "That is David Thompson!" Scheer says Thompson home slams 360-degree home. The move was so new at the time the notifications know what to call and twice labeled "sift dunk".


N.C. David Thompson, the State, throws the basket against Virginia in the AC 197 competition. As a general manager of Denver Nuggets, Carl Scheer was able to look at Thompson to the ABA rather than the rival NBA.

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"It was our team!" Scheer says Thompson. "Which year was it – 1977?"

It lost it perfectly – it was the year 1976. Scheer was watching closely for a few minutes.

At one point, Erving takes off the line and the free-throw dunks – a move made by Michael Jordan several times later. (Thompson said to me about this: "When Dr J rejected the free throw line, and his Afro flows in the wind, I knew he was over. do the same dunk as well – but I did not think it. ")

Then Scheer loses an interest in the screen as someone who knows walks. He wants to shake hands.

Scheer did not lose his senior qualifications throughout his life. He is always at the heart of a man's hand in the nursing home, or giving them up to five. He tells everyone "Thank you" for small friendship. He told me again "Thank you" for writing this story, although it has not yet been published at the time and is no longer able to read.

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Carl Scheer and his wife, Marsha (left), are married for 59 years. They met as consultants in the summer camp.

Photo courtesy of the Scheer family

Scheer looks away for some time. A minute later, he looks at me again.

"Do you like baseball?" Scheer asks.

Although it grew up in Springfield, Mass., The place where James Naismith created a basketball in 1891, Lifeman Lifeman is a lifetime. His family told me he was especially fond of a postcard by Stan Musial, a star of St Louis's youth boy Scheer. Scheer photographed a photo and hanged on various walls for years.

"I do. Do you like the St Louis Friends, right?" I ask of Scheer, and adds. "Who is your favorite player?"

It does not respond.

"Would you like Stan Musial?" Ask me "You know – Stan the Man?"

Scheer does not respond to the mention of Musial, a baseball legendary famer hall that died in 2013. A few more things are mentioned about Musial to Scheer. Then his face fits up again.

"I think it's stopping later," says Scheer.

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The World Health Organization estimates that around 50 million people in the world live with dementia. Scheer has dementia with Lewy companies, who are in accordance with the Mayo Clinic website, the second most common type of coherent dementia after Alzheimer's disease.

In the form of Scheer dementia, protein deposits (known as Lewy companies) develop in parts of the brain that are involved in thinking, memory and motor control. As well as the decline in mental abilities and casual habits, people with this form of dementia can also have symptoms such as Parkinson's disease, such as tremors or slow movements.

Dr. works Oleg Tcheremissine for Atrium Health in Charlotte, where he is a psychiatrist and an expert in dementia in all kinds. He does not know of Scheer and was not treated, but he generally talked to me about dementia.

"If we live for a long time, most of us will get some dementia, and usually Alzheimer's," said Tcheremissine. "When we get around 80 or 85 years of age, we will have at least 50% dementia. Most of the time it starts with a mistake – struggling with things that have never had any problems.

"It's a difficult time for everyone involved. We can treat and manage some of the symptoms, but it's not technically feasible."

Scheer has been living in a nursing facility for about 18 months, moving from his home when he wanted so much care that his wife even could not rotate in-house nurses.

While Marsha Scheer visits her husband almost every day, as he refused in health, she is harder to sit with him for hours and hours at a time. The moments when "Carl Carl again" occurs more often, and she does not want to cry before him.

"I can not wait as long as I use it because I get too emotional," she says. "I come home, I'm crying, and I'm fighting. I have to find it out."

The family did not connect Scheer's health issues from close friends, but this is the first time they allowed them to broadcast widely. For one reason, Marsha and Bob Scheer said that they decided to cooperate with this story to increase awareness and understanding of dementia.

When old friends ask if they can visit their husband, Marsha said she is telling them: "Fully. Go to see him. That's a good thing. to break heart. But go. "

Scheer was demented for four years ago, according to his son Bob, and had some of his symptoms a few years earlier. When it was a second place to complete some marathon, Scheer had started when he walked. The tour made him a trip once, resulting in the fall in hospital. Examine a doctor and recommended that it be checked for dementia.

He was around that time retiring to a scheme for his part-time job with the Hornets. The Hornets had a storytelling retirement party in the summer of 2015, with a revelation of around 200 people. He got into it.

At that party, Bob Scheer was trying to talk. When writing it, he remembered that Carl Scheer intended his father's career, back in the 1970s in Denver, that the number of attendances was when they did not come up with him.

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Bob Scheer is the son of Carl Scheer's former basketball executive, dementia. "I was his son, and then I was a business partner, and now his carer," said Bob Scheer. "So it's the circle."

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"About the third quarter, someone wants to give him a piece of paper," said Bob Scheer, shouting. "That's the moment. And he would be going to get together and put the new service – a bit higher, every time."

Said Bob Scheer said: "I heard that there were a couple of hundred people going here, which is awesome. So I would like to announce my official attendance: 17,423."

Carl Scheer sharpen at this line harder than anyone. In fact, he loved so much that he said he wanted Bob to tell the story again, on one day.

So, if you attend a funeral Carl Scheer somewhere in the distant future, Bob Scheer told the story about his Dad and the attendance numbers are the first story in his summit. After all, he promised his father.


David Thompson resigned in the State of State (left) shoes over Bobby Jones in North Carolina in 1974. Carl Scheer employs fir with the Denver Nuggets. Subsequently saying that trading could go away Jones was one of the worst movements he ever had.

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What did Carl Scheer rather than appoint a star dunk competition, help merge NBA-ABA, build a field in Greenville, S.C., and run Charlotte Hornets during Year One – the most wonderful season in team history?

OK, put on deep breath. Carl Scheer was also:

Basketball broadcaster for Guilford College in Greensboro.

Assistant to NBA Commissioner, Walter Kennedy, who initially refused to employ in 1968 because Scheer did not know how to type.

General manager of the ABA Carolina Cougars, from 1970-74, where he first hired Larry Brown as head coach.

General manager of Buffalo Braves ABA.

The man traded Bobby Jones Charlotte away from Denver (it would be after this decision).

General Manager of Los Angeles Spreaders.

Commissioner of Continental Basketball Association.

The director of two mini-series hockey teams – the Charlotte Checkers and the Greenville Growl.

Scheer was the man who chose Dell Curry – who would eventually endorse Hornet's overall scoring – in the extended draft for the Hornets in 1988.

In the same draft, Sinn said, the owner wanted to ensure that the Hornets also made a 5-foot-3 Muggsy Bogues drafting.

"Carl and Dell Curry were the main man," said Sinn, "and Muggsy was the prime one I wanted – but to be generously honest, for marketing. I never met Muggsy. I like it. It was something that created enthusiasm and confidence in the children. I said to Carl: You'll find what you need, but I'd like Muggsy Bogues. "

The two stories would be in Charlotte. Dell Curry recently recalled: "Carl is the reason for this interview. He gave me to Charlotte … I will always look Carl for giving me here. Of course, I have changed He's my life. "


Carl Scheer was selected for the Dell Curry remote-selected extended drama in Charlotte Hornets city. "I will always look for Carl to give me here," said Curry, who retired Charlotte's full-time scorer. "Of course, he changed my life."

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Each of these posts was just a story on Human scerries. Marilynn Bowler, who has worked in community relationships for the Hornets for many years and always gives some of the Hershey chocolate bars to be seen by Scheers now: "In the meeting, Carl & # 39; It will work. "He never said: he will not work." He would say: & # 39; The idea of ​​the German is there. Work on it. Treat it with us we want gold – just gold in training. "

Scheer could never put up a phone call. If the phone rang, Scheer responded, irrespective of the circumstances.

"He was worried about the phone," said Bob Scheer. "If he did not get calls he was doing them."

Harold Kaufman, who was the director of public relations Hornets during the early years, said: "Anyone who was talking to Carl was the most important person in the world. He added you well to you. Encourage three positive boosting. You did not want to let him down. "


The first edition of 1988-89 Charlotte Hornets lost 62 of 82 games, but the team joined the city under general manager Carl Scheer (sitting, quarter left).

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That Scheme was not perfect. He went to cell phone agents so much that you can hear it in Gastonia. And everyone agrees that it is a bad driver. Larry Brown told Los Angeles Times in 1985 about the Scheer drive: "You heard the commercial when you look out for the other man? Carl yes the other man. "

Late ice cream

Oh, how did Scheer want to win. Scheer never accepted a NBA or ABA championship, but received a championship ring in a small series hockey in 2002 with the Greenville Growl. He and his son directed the business of the hockey teams together in Charlotte and Greenville, from time to time taking heads of finance.

"When I was running its hockey teams, in Greenville and then the Checkers, I did them as a business," said Bob Scheer. "I wanted to make money. But in a small league, you do not have money and win. He wanted to win. I wanted to make money. And so – we lost money. It's because of the wins – he was a sportsman for sports ".

Back when some of the ABA or NBA road games were TV, they could not listen to the radio on the radio. It would be fitting out at the family pool, back and forth, too nervous to hear the live coverage. His family was responsible for casual game reports, opening the door to call him. "We have three points up," says Marsha.

"Now, we're both away," says Bob a few minutes later.

With both the Nuggets and then with the Hornets, Scheer developed a favorite place to watch the home games. It would be just inside the tunnel if the visiting team went on and off the court.

In Denver, the author was painted if Scheer wanted to continue. He had the side effect of doing so many of his orange shirts, until the Nuggets folded the banister with white towels.

There were large curtains that could be open or closed. In both Denver and Charlotte, when Scun was close so hard after an application call he did not want to go up in court and could not find out.

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During the NBA season between 1988-89, Carl Scheer (general manager) Charlotte Hornets (left) and the team owner, George Sinn, had a great smile because their teams started at 364 direct sales.

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"There was a drape hanging there, and it was completely around it," said Bowler about the incident in Charlotte. "He returned himself properly. One of the winners went and helped. And he never caught his eyes out of the game."

If the team had been working with Scheer at the lost time of a home game, the family knew how to conquer her.

"If they lost a home game, the children would get into the freezer and get a ice cream container," said Marsha Scheer. "They did not look like that. They would like to put it out in the kitchen, have a spoon, and we all want to sleep."

"There was a cream of cream cream," said Bob Scheer, "but his mechanism was dealing with him … And losing sacrilege on any game at home. So Dad would break up some cream frozen. Usually, something exotic, like Rocky Road. "

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Scheer is not a handfather, his son said, largely because he worked so much. But he was sweet with her two children – Bob and her younger sister, Lauren.

In the 1980s, Bob Scheer was in the 20th century and lived in Los Angeles, where his father was running the L.A. Bob Scheer knew he was gay for some time, but he quietly kept it.

"I did not really get out," said Bob Scheer, "but my dad got a letter in my room. And he was 100 percent supportive. This was in Los Angeles. AIDS was able to become rampant. I received a note from the next day that is still in my clip book, telling me the special day. And that he loved me … He did not accept it, he accepted it. "

Carl Scheer's encouragement of the Hornets was also inspired by love. Stern praised George Sinn as a scheme as a GM Scheme in the 1980's, in 2010 that Michael Whitford, the owner of the team, Fred Whitfield, was a person owned by Michael Whitfield's new Hornets as someone who could help them.

Whitfield, who was a ball boyfriend once on the Carolina Cougars when the team was running Scheer, was very good at the idea. "We need to focus on being involved in our community, and Carl is a great asset," said Whitfield. "So where we place it."

Whitfield said that Scheer led the Hornets initiative to bring $ 250,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2010 to maintain mid-school sports in the CMS area of ​​"pay-to-play" sports participation fees.

Since Scheer was negligent and that it was harder to go around him, the Hornets continued to employ him, according to his family. Stern said: "Fred Whitfield and Michael Jordan were so generous and generous as Carl's health declined. That was deserved, but this does not mean that he was automatic. They came up."

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Fred Whitfield, president of Charlotte Hornets, Carl Scheer returned to work with his ex-team in 2010. Whitfield goes on to visit Scheer in his nursing facility. Scheer knows that "Fred" is the first name of Whitfield, but it is often intended for Whitfield's work these days.

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On retirement of Scheer retired, Whitfield gave him life-long tickets. Whitfield also started allowing the Schemes to park under the building, where the players were not normally parked to help their behavior to and from games.

The scheme is not good enough to go to Hornets games more. But Whitfield goes periodically to visit the man who worked for a long time (and, at the same time, the post of general manager Mitch Kupchak).

"I like to bring Carl Hornets' new gear, to keep it fresh," said Whitfield. "Because of every time I come – and there are unannounced visits – something is something about the Hornets logo."

Scheer still recognizes Whitfield and calls him "Fred," but he does not know Whitfield often does no longer. Whitfield understands. Whitfield's father had dementia himself and died less than a year ago.

"Carl sets up when I see," said Whitfield. "He says my name and then said:" Are you playing tonight? Does Michael (Jordan) play tonight? "It's a tough case. Everyone wants to manage it best they can. "

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I'm talking to Marsha again at the nursing facility when she gets a call from the daughter of Scheers, Lauren. Marsha goes the phone up to Carl's ear and stretches up, listening to her daughter's voice.

"Terrific!" He says. "OK, thank you, honey."

Marsha takes the phone back a little while.

"Yes, he has a good day," she says to her daughter before they hang up.

Carl wants to eat lunch. It was always slim because it filled thousands of miles a week, and now it loses more weight, but it's still good.

We're all sick for a while. Then Carl looks again with sudden clarity.

"You can not win it all," he says.

For some reason, this gives a lump on my throat. My father said that sometimes.

My dads were 81, a younger year than Carl Scheer, when he died in December. Image of God for the purpose – our family gathered around his bed, and I knew that there was anyone we loved all of your spouses, no matter how hard we held it – flashes through mental.

I blink back tears.

"No, you can not win it all," I said. "But you definitely won a lot of them, Carl."

Smiles sé.

"Go raibh maith agat," a deir Carl Scheer. "Go raibh maith agat."


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