HoopsHype Arvydas Sabonis rumors
The late Maurice Lucas is among the nominees for the 2011 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Lucas, who died Oct. 31 after a long battle with bladder cancer, is one of 21 players, coaches and officials nominated by the Hall's North American committee. Lucas played 14 years in the ABA and NBA and was a key figure in the Blazers' 1977 NBA championship team. He averaged 20.2 points and 11.4 rebounds on the title team and 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds during his career. He also served as an assistant coach for the Blazers. Also nominated this year are former Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks, a star player for the Philadelphia 76ers, and former Blazers player Arvydas Sabonis, who was nominated by the international committee. Oregonian
Sean Meagher: Per Barrett on the tube: Brandon Roy passed Arvydas Sabonis on the #Blazers all-time scoring list tonight. Twitter
Legendary Lithuanian basketball player Arvydas Sabonis has agreed to be an ambassador for the EuroBasket 2011, which will take place in Lithuania from August 3-18. Sabonis believes that EuroBasket will be a great advertisement for Lithuania and he wants to help his country as much as he can. hoopsleader.com
Cheryl Miller, Arvydas Sabonis and Vlade Divac will be inducted into the International Basketball Federation's Hall of Fame. Seventeen players, coaches and officials will be inducted for their achievements at the Olympic Games, world championships and developing the global game, FIBA announced Friday. The enshrinement ceremonies Sept. 12 in Istanbul include a presentation on court at the final of the men's world championship. "The 2010 class has stardom, character and countless merits for the promotion of our game," FIBA president Bob Elphinston said in a statement. "The inductees were and still are brilliant on and off the court." ESPN.com
Sabonis and Divac were stars in Europe before joining NBA teams. Sabonis won Olympic and world titles with the Soviet Union, then led his native Lithuania to two Olympic bronze medals. He moved to the U.S. at 30, and had two stints with the Portland Trail Blazers. Divac helped Yugoslavia win two world titles and two Olympic silvers, losing to Sabonis and the Soviet Union in 1988, and at the 1996 Atlanta Games to a United States Dream Team. He is president of Serbia's Olympic Committee. ESPN.com
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