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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
 
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Lithuanian news site Delfi.lt 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.

LTBasket.com also reported the news on Tuesday.

Spanish website CadaneSer.com 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 Lrytas.lt 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.
Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Aryvdas Sabonis stable following heart attack

Could have been the best center of all time if he was in the USA.... 7'4 280 lbs, and ran like a guard.




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Reports: Aryvdas Sabonis suffers heart attack

Who knows what he could have accomplished with a full NBA career. The USSR ran their athletes into the ground and had restrictions over player movement, which caused his NBA arrival to be delayed for years but he is recognized in his home country as a national hero for his contributions to the game. Now Lithuania is a perennial contender in international competitions and basketball is their most popular sport, with many young players citing Sabonis as their main inspiration. Best wishes to Sabonis and his family.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Reports: Aryvdas Sabonis suffers heart attack

First of all very sorry to hear about the heart attack. 

Now there is no way he is a HOF player..solid role player yes..HOF  no!



Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Reports: Aryvdas Sabonis suffers heart attack

I imagine there's an International Basketball Hall of Fame.  



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Reports: Aryvdas Sabonis suffers heart attack

Absolutely HOF...not the NBA HOF, but Naismith Hall.  He was still a force when he joined the league eben though his knees were completely shot.  He was better than Dirk internationally.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Reports: Aryvdas Sabonis suffers heart attack

Hope he gets better.......HOF??


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