Trail Blazers: Arvydas Sabonis visits Portland after Hall-of-Fame induction
Portland Trail Blazers fans – nearly 3,000 of them – were excited as can be when they gathered in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on Thursday to honor Arvydas Sabonis.
After all, they were seeing the legendary Blazers center in a whole new light; he was setting foot in Portland for the first time as a Pro Basketball Hall of Famer.
The 7’3”, 300-pounder Lithuanian was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last Friday.
He was drafted in 1986 but didn’t join the Blazers in the NBA until 1995, when he was 31 years old.
By then, Sabonis was already a productive International player who won Olympic gold with the Soviet Union.
Over seven productive seasons in Portland, Sabonis averaged 12 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He was known for his amazing finesse skills for such a big man.
Has there ever been a better passer at the center position?
“I’m very surprised,” Sabonis told the crowd who gathered as he visited Portland for the first time since retiring eight years ago. “I don’t know what to say. I appreciate you remember me.”
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