For a lot of NBA fans, Arvydas Sabonis was that big Blazers center back in the late 80s-early ’90s, a big body with a nice, well-rounded game.
But by the time he got here he was already past his peak, we didn’t see him back before an Achilles injury changed his career. Even after that he was the European Player of the Year eight times before he came to the NBA. We saw the tail end of an illustrious career here, and even then he was pretty good.
But in 1986, David Robinson and Team USA got a good look at the young Sabonis at the World Championships. Watch the video below and see him give Robinson all he can handle in that game, watch him control the paint.
Realize why today he is a deserving inductee in the Hall of Fame. (It’s not the best video quality, but it was 1986 after all.)