BARCELONA (FIBA Americas Championship/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Marcelinho Huertas can look back on the London Games with a sense of fulfillment after playing for Brazil in their first Olympic appearance since 1996.
But there is also regret.
Brazil beat Australia and hosts Great Britain but in their third game against Russia, Vitaly Fridzon buried a three-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer to give the European team a 75-74 win.
The Brazilians rebounded with victories over China and Spain, yet the loss against the Russians came back to haunt them because it led to their match-up against Brazil’s nemesis, Argentina, in the Quarter-Finals.
Despite 22 points and five assists from Marcelinho, Argentina prevailed 82-77.
"We wanted more," Marcelinho said to FIBA.com.
"I think we actually could have done more.
"Unfortunately, we lost a crucial game to Russia.
"For us, we had to face a tough cross with Argentina but I think we could have done a lot better."
Marcelinho has responded by having a strong campaign in the Euroleague with Barcelona.
The Catalan club is unbeaten after seven rounds.
Spain’s Liga Endesa hasn’t been as kind to Barcelona, who lost for the fourth time in nine games on Sunday at Valencia Basket.
Marcelinho believes Brazil can improve on London and potentially challenge for a medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
"We had a (Olympic) team that could fight for a medal," Marcelinho said, "and hopefully we can continue to grow up as a team and make it for the next big tournament, the World Cup here in Spain.
"We could fight for something bigger."
The big honor
Marcelinho will be remembered as one of the all-time greats from his country.
He's been a star in Spain for several years with Joventut Badalona, Bilbao, Baskonia and Barcelona.
Just last week, Marcelinho was named Brazilian Basketball Player of the Year for the second time in succession.
"I'm surprised and grateful at the same time," he said.
"Having such great players in my country and being with a rising country like Brazil is right now, for me I'm really happy and I have to thank all of my teammates who have helped me reach this honor, not only Brazil players but Barcelona last season."
The 29-year-old doesn't hesitate when asked if he wants to be Brazil when they play at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
"For sure," he said.
Not playing in the NBA has not hurt Marcelinho’s standing in Brazil.
Others in the Brazil Olympic squad do play in the NBA like Leandro Barbosa (Boston), Nene (Washington), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio) and Anderson Varejao (Cleveland).
Marcelinho could join them one day.
He didn't look out of place when Brazil very nearly upset the star-studded United States at the World Championship in Turkey, and his effort at Valencia on Sunday night, when he had 21 points and six assists in an 81-78 defeat and was named as co-MVP of the Week in the Liga Endesa, showed he plays at a very high level.
Has anyone asked him to play in the NBA?
"No one has asked, but there has been speculation and everyone talks about it," Marcelinho said.
"But having long contracts here in Europe, it's hard, especially with large buyouts because NBA teams can't afford the big money and you have to pay out of your own pocket so sometimes, it's real hard.
"The circumstances are not that easy but who knows, maybe in the future. Right now, I'm really happy in Barcelona."
When he sees Argentina's Pablo Prigioni sign a contract this summer and play for the New York Knicks, does that make Marcelinho want to go?
"You see a 35-year-old player and no one thinks that a player after he turns 30 would have an opportunity to play in the NBA," Marcelinho said, "and he's shown that you can after having a leading role in his team (Caja Laboral), playing a lot of minutes and making his team play well.
"He's with one of the leaders in the Eastern Conference.
"So for me, maybe in the future. Who knows?
"But right now, I don't want to think about this.
"I'm happy right here.
"I just want to play for Barcelona and see how it goes."