Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack Tuesday in his home country of Lithuania. The news, which quickly spread on Twitter, was confirmed by the Portland Trail Blazers, who released the following statement:
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."
Sabonis, 47, was already an international legend by the time he began playing for the Trail Blazers late in his career. He won a Gold Medal with the Soviet Union's final Olympic team in 1988, and bronze medals with Lithuania in 1992 and 1996, and he was named the European Player of the Year eight times. He last played in the NBA in 2003, returning to Lithuania to play two more years before retiring completely in 2005. In August, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.