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Blazers C Arvydas Sabonis Elected To Hall Of Fame

The Associated Press reports that former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The AP reported (since scrubbed) that former Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks was also selected for the Class of 2011. Well, this is, uh, awkward. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk is reporting that Maurice Cheeks didn't make the Hall of Fame. Update: Here's the full list, which doesn't include Cheeks. Sabonis was selected by the International Committee. His bio reads... ------------------------- Known as one of best big men in European history, he made an additional name for himself here in the United States with the NBA. Known for his all round excellence and skill, he’d win Olympic gold and bronze as well as European championship gold with the Soviet Union and Lithuania between 1985 and 1996. Recognized as one of the greatest passing centers of all time, he also would be named the Euroleague’s Most Valuable Player and was a two-time European Player of the Year. In the NBA, he would play with the Portland Trailblazers between 1995-2001 and 2002-2003. ------------------------- Kelly Dwyer offers a video tribute over at Yahoo!'s Ball Don't Lie and writes... ------------------------- A good portion of us only began a familiar relationship with Sabas starting in his "rookie" NBA season of 1995-96. At age 31, Sabonis brought his all-around gifts stateside and to the Portland Trail Blazers, mostly after Achilles and knee injuries had robbed him of his once-superior athleticism. The injuries hadn't robbed him of his intelligence, clever ways with the rock, and scoring abilities, thankfully. Though the Blazers often looked the other way when he was calling for the ball (not to shoot, just trying to work a smart offense inside-out), Sabonis still averaged a Player Efficiency Rating of over 21 for his career. An NBA career that lasted from ages 31 to 38, mind you. He was that good. ------------------------- Blazers.com has also put together an Arvydas Sabonis photo gallery. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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