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Blazers C Arvydas Sabonis Suffers Heart Attack

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Lithuanian news site Delfi.lt reports that former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis suffered a heart attack while playing basketball Tuesday night. Spanish website CadenaSer.com reported soon after that Sabonis did suffer a heart attack but quoted Arturo Ortega, a representative for Sabonis, who said the center was "out of danger." Lrytas.lt reports that Sabonis has "stabilized." LTBasket.com reports that Sabonis' life is not in danger but that he "will still spend the night in [the] hospital." Updates: Sportalas.com reports that Sabonis will "spend at least one week in the hospital." The Blazers issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon: The Portland Trail Blazers have confirmed that Arvydas Sabonis has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack in his native Lithuania. 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." Further updates will be passed on as soon as they become available. Sabonis, 46, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in August. Here's a link to video of his induction speech. Portland Mayor Sam Adams honored Sabonis by proclaiming August 18 "Arvydas Sabonis Day" when the Lithuanian center made a return visit to the Rose City. ed: bumped to top -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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