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Transcript and Video: Blazers C Arvydas Sabonis Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame Induction Speech

RELATEDVideos introducing Arvydas Sabonis at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


Here's a transcript of the speech given by former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis during his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night. Sabonis was accompanied by former Blazers center and Hall of Fame member Bill Walton.

"Thank you, Bill. Thank you. Today is a very special day for me. For my country. And I'm very proud to be here. I would like to say thank you for the Hall of Fame, for my family, whole family, my parents, my friends, my teammates, my coaches. Special thanks I would like to say for Portland Trail Blazers and Blazers medical team for believing in me and helping me after serious injury when I got to come back to professional basketball. To be Olympic champion and to be tonight here together with Bill Walton and all of you, thank you very much."

By my count, Sabonis's speech clocked in at 48 seconds and was 103 words long.

It is quite interesting that he specifically mentioned the Blazers medical team.

Here's video of Sabonis' speech.

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter