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Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:10 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 7:17 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverarvydas-sabonis

Lithuanian news site reported on Tuesday that Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis, who played in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers after dominating European professional basketball for years, has suffered a heart attack.

The site reports that Sabonis, 46, suffered the heart attack while playing basketball and was immediately taken to a hospital in Kaunas. also reported the news on Tuesday.

Spanish website also reported that Sabonis had a heart attack and quoted Arturo Ortega, a representative for Sabonis, who said that Sabonis was "out of danger." Later Tuesday, Lithuanian news outlet reported that Sabonis had "stabilized." 

Multiple reports indicate he will remain hospitalized for the time being.

Tuesday evening, the Blazers issued a press release confirming the news.

"The Portland Trail Blazers have confirmed that Arvydas Sabonis has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack in his native Lithuania," the statement read. "His condition is believed to be non-life threatening. Our thoughts are with Arvydas and his family at this time. We wish him well in a speedy recovery."

Sabonis was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in August. He played seven seasons with the Blazers and posted career NBA averages of 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. In Europe, he was named player of the year eight times and won a gold medal while representing the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:13 am

Sabonis a point guard in center body

one of the best ever!!..unfortunately Americans could not enjoy him a lot becuase arrived in Usa old, with already 2 severe knees surgeries and 3 years of nearly inactivity...pity a lot..when he was young...guys..please believe me..he was in the same class of O'neill, Kareem,HAkeem...the first time i saw him(he was 22/23 years old)..he scored a 3-pointer 2 times in the first 2 possessions..the third possession he faked on 3-line to shoot, one dribble and dunk as he was 6-2guard!..not a 7-2 center...(at that time 3-point line was 6.25mt..)..
a playmaker(a-la Stockton), a shooting guard(a-la Hornacek) a big body...
if came in Usa when was drafted..with traning there and experience there...the League WOULd BE NOT THE SAME..also Jordan facing the Blazers with Sabonis instead of Duckworth(R.I.P)...against Cartwright....not many titles for the Bulls..

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:41 am

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Are you kidding? Did you see any of the clips during his younger days shown during this summers hall of fame induction? He was considered the best player overseas for many years. He could shoot, rebound and pass better than any big man. Anywhere. Case closed.

Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:32 am

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

It's the Naismith Basketball HOF - not the NBA HOF.  For basketball overall, he's a no-brainer inductee.  One of the best ever. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:11 am

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Arvydas Sabonis is genuinely a good guy. Although he played most of his years in the USSR and in Spain, he arrived in Portland and made them a contender. Far past his body's amazing athletic prowess, Sabonis remained a student of the game and made it so easy for his teammates. I have never seen a better passing center. But I say he is a good guy because he is embracing of both the European culture he grew up in and the USA culture he encountered in Portland.

Writers say Arvydas was always willing to spend a few minutes with them and always deflected the credit to others for the success. Perhaps there are only two centers better ever to play the game (Wilt and Russell.) Does that slight Hakeem or Abdul-Jabbar? No, there were both amazing players. But both needed to be fed and that is where Sabonis shined the most, at the top of the key in the high post. From there his teammates ran cuts and slashes around him while opponents confronted his bulk and his pin-point passing back to the cutter for open layouts. Make that no-look pin-point passing. You can watch this on some of the Youtube videos. He was a magician with the ball and his passes.

I am thankful that they say he is out of danger. Arvydas, get well soon.

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:35 am

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Maybe the most all around talented big man ever to lace em up, get well soon big man!

Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:33 pm

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Wiseguy, obviously you only saw him in Portland, at the END of his career. Had he played in the NBA his whole career we would be comparing him to Hakeem, Shaq, and Patrick. Wiseguy you need to step up your hoop knowledge!!

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:00 pm

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Get well soon!  One of the greatest to ever play the game.

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:52 pm

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Hope you get better A.S.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:47 pm

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Wiseguy doesn't seem very wise.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:31 pm

Arvydas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Heres the problem with saying he isnt a HoFer....its the basketball Hall of Fame..NOT the NBA HoF. Look at some of the names on that list...he probably should be in, if they ever make a NBA hall, no, you wouldnt add Sabonis

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