HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Arvydas Sabonis holds the distinction, per my main man Brent Barry, of being the only player to participate in the Schick Rookie Game (that’s what it was called back in the day) who “could actually use the product.”
Sabonis was a 31 during his rookie season in the NBA. From all the reports and stories we’ve ever heard, that was roughly two or three years past his prime, and yet he still enjoyed a seven-year run in the league. The Hall of Fame nod he received Monday was obviously more for what he did internationally, specifically in the Olympics and world championships, and with the national teams (Soviet and Lithuanian).
In our fantasy sports-crazed culture, can you imagine what young Sabonis might have done to the NBA in his prime?
There’s some grainy and some not-so-grainy footage floating around of Sabonis rocking a mullet and 80’s rock star mustache while destroying the competition. But there’s still no real way to know exactly how he might have fared in the NBA during the height of his powers.
We can daydream, though …