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Arvydas Sabonis

Full name: Arvydas Romas Sabonis
Other name(s): Arvidas Romas Sabonis, Арвидас Ромас Сабонис
Nickname(s): Sabas
Gender: Male
Height: 7-3.5 (223 cm)
Weight: 269 lbs (122 kg)
Born: December 19, 1964 in Kaunas, Kaunas, Lithuania
Affiliations: Žalgiris Kaunas, Kaunas (LTU) / Real Madrid, Madrid (ESP) / Portland Trail Blazers, Portland (USA)
Country: URS Soviet Union, LTU Lithuania
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Other SR Links: Basketball-Reference.com

Biography

The giant Arvidas Sabonis (2.21 metres [7-3], 127 kg. [280 lbs]) is considered the greatest big man ever produced outside of the United States. He began playing with the Soviet national team in 1981 and Indiana coach Bobby Knight immediately labelled him, “The best young player in the world.” With the Soviet team he won a gold medal at the 1982 World Championships and a silver at the 1986 World Championships. Sabonis was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth round of the 1985 NBA draft. That pick was voided and in 1986 the Portland Trail Blazers drafted Sabonis in the first round. But two Achilles' tendon ruptures threatened his career in the mid-80's. He rehabilitated the tendon in Portland but played only one major event in the late 80's, that the 1988 Olympics at which he helped the Soviet Union to a gold medal. He later re-joined European professional leagues and played for Lithuania at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. For his size, Sabonis possessed superb basketball skills, being able to handle the ball well and even shoot three-pointers well. Sabonis eventually played seven years in the NBA, all with the Trail Blazers. He was twice the NBA’s European Player of the Year, but his leg injuries made him less effective than he had been in the early 80s.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Men's Basketball Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Men's Basketball Lithuania LTU 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Men's Basketball Lithuania LTU 3 Bronze

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS TRB AST STL TOV BLK
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 1/2 1 1988-09-30 URS 76, YUG 63 20 15 1 0 5 3
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1988-09-28 URS 82, USA 76 13 13 2 1 1 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1988-09-26 URS 110, BRA 105 12 9 2 1 1 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #3 2 1988-09-18 YUG 92, URS 79 11 4 2 1 2 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #6 1 1988-09-20 URS 91, AUS 69 17 20 4 2 4 2
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #11 1 1988-09-23 URS 110, KOR 73 12 7 1 0 4 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #14 1 1988-09-24 URS 87, CAF 78 8 10 0 0 1 3
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Final Round Match 3/4 1 1992-08-08 LTU 82, EUN 78 27 16 2 2 3 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1992-08-06 USA 127, LTU 76 11 8 2 0 3 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1992-08-04 LTU 114, BRA 96 32 13 3 1 2 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Group B Match #2 1 1992-07-26 LTU 112, CHN 75 19 14 2 4 1 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Group B Match #5 1 1992-07-27 LTU 87, VEN 79 24 11 0 3 1 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Group B Match #9 1 1992-07-29 LTU 104, PUR 91 31 13 2 5 4 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Group B Match #12 2 1992-07-31 EUN 92, LTU 80 21 16 2 3 2 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Lithuania LTU Group B Match #14 1 1992-08-02 LTU 98, AUS 87 26 9 1 3 1 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Final Round Match 3/4 1 1996-08-02 LTU 80, AUS 74 30 13 2 0 0 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1996-08-01 SCG 66, LTU 58 14 13 3 1 5 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-30 LTU 99, GRE 66 10 11 4 1 1 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Group A Match #2 1 1996-07-20 LTU 83, CRO 81 20 14 3 2 2 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Group A Match #5 2 1996-07-22 ARG 65, LTU 61 30 11 2 4 3 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Group A Match #9 2 1996-07-24 USA 104, LTU 82 6 2 1 0 2 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Group A Match #10 1 1996-07-26 LTU 85, ANG 49 12 10 8 0 0 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Basketball Lithuania LTU Group A Match #13 1 1996-07-28 LTU 116, CHN 55 13 7 3 3 1 0
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