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6cubed 07-13-2011 05:52 PM

Arvydas Sabonis Honored on Main Page @ NBA.com


NBA, fans didn't get chance to see Sabonis at his best

Posted Jul 13 2011 11:17AM

So much of the NBA portion of his career was shrouded in mystery, from the clandestine pre-dawn meeting in a foreign hotel to the eternal uncertainty of what might have been in healthier times, to all the moments of conveniently forgetting English in a conscious decision to remain as much of an unknown as possible.

Arvydas Sabonis will be inducted in the Hall of Fame on Aug. 12, via the International committee, amid little knowledge from this side of the world of the contradiction of a mountainous center who could give some point guards lessons on passing. And if there is a lasting sense eight years after the body gave out once and for all and his Trail Blazers career ended, it's not a good one: The best that never was. That's Sabonis, in greatness and disappointment.

In Europe, they know a much different version, one of a brilliant player before his 7-foot-3, 290-pound frame deteriorated. They remember a talent that had a major role in the Soviet Union winning Olympic gold in 1988 and Lithuania claiming the bronze in '92 before he finally went to Portland in 1995 at 31. They know of someone who easily deserves enshrinement in Springfield, Mass. Talk about a talent.

That's why his seven seasons in two stints with the Trail Blazers could be disappointing. Because NBA fans never saw anything close to the real Sabonis. Part was his doing -- the well-liked Sabonis would be joking with teammates in the locker room and suddenly, when a reporter approached, switch to a sullen, intimidating hulk who could not share himself because of the language barrier. His English was actually fine, but the line helped him to avoid interaction.

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zxcvbn193 07-14-2011 10:52 PM

Saw that too, great someone posted it :)

Windex 07-14-2011 10:58 PM

Sabonis, Divac, back when centers could handle and pass the ball like guards

6cubed 07-15-2011 11:55 AM

Found these posted elsewhere too:

Soviet Union aka Lithuania vs USA (1988)... Sabonis vs David Robinson:

Akerlyn 07-18-2011 09:31 AM

He is great passer like PG :)

zxcvbn193 07-30-2011 11:09 PM

Sabonis enters 2011 HOF for Portland Trail Blazers. :yeah:

Toby 07-31-2011 08:48 AM


Toby 07-31-2011 10:45 PM


Akerlyn 08-11-2011 05:24 AM

MARTYNAS 08-11-2011 08:03 AM


Originally Posted by Toby (Post 563012)

Wow, he really looks like Lou Ferrigno aka The Incredible Hulk.

6cubed 08-11-2011 04:50 PM


What ifs will stick forever in rating Arvydas Sabonis

The Portland Tribune, Aug 11, 2011

The year was 1995, and Rick Carlisle – then an assistant coach on P.J. Carlesimo’s staff with the Trail Blazers – beckoned me into his office in the Rose Garden.

For 15 or 20 minutes, we watched video of Arvydas Sabonis at age 17, helping the Soviet national team to victory over Bobby Knight’s Indiana team at Bloomington in 1981.

On the screen was a slender Sabonis, incredibly long and sinewy, running the court, scoring in a variety of ways, rebounding and passing with a rare adroitness.

For most who saw Sabonis play before he suffered his first Achilles’ tendon injury at the tender age of 21, the question is this:

What if?

What if the native of Kaunas, Lithuania, had been able to go through his long career injury-free? What if he had not had to play, in his own words, “on one-and-a-half legs” through the latter stages of his career?

Carlisle is among those who wonder.

“When he was 17, 18, 19 years old, Arvydas was a physical specimen like I had never seen before,” says Carlisle, who coached the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA championship in June. “He was a 7-3 guy who could run like Bobby Jones and and shoot like Larry Bird. He was unbelievable.”...
What ifs will stick forever in rating Arvydas Sabonis

MARTYNAS 08-13-2011 09:37 AM

Toby 03-30-2012 03:47 AM

New Sabonis song!!

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