Arvydas Sabonis was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, but instead of savoring his moment at the podium, he fired off a quick speech and headed off on his merry way. By Ben Golliver's count, Sabonis rattled off his speech in less than a minute -- 48 seconds, to be exact -- while thanking everyone he could, including the Blazers medical team.
Here's a snippet of his speech, the rest of which can be found here.
Special thanks I would like to say to Portland Trail Blazers and Blazers medical team for believing in me and helping me after serious injury and I got to come back to professional basketball. To be Olympic champion and to tonight here together with Bill Walton and all of you, thank you very much."
I'm sure there's a Greg Oden joke in here somewhere, but we'll pass. This is Sabonis' day, after all. And he did have good reason to thank the Blazers training staff: by the time he signed with Portland and joined the NBA, his body was already worn down from years of playing. And while he was nowhere near the picture of health with the Blazers, the team was able to nurse him back to health and keep him upright.
If you'd like to take a trip down memory lane and see some amazing old footage of him being goofy, head over to Golliver's post right here.