Blazers to honor Sabonis

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The Portland Trail Blazers will honor former Portland center and basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis on Thursday, Aug. 18, following his 2011 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sabonis, who played for the Trail Blazers for seven seasons (1995-2001, 2002-03), is known globally as one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Aug. 11-13, before returning to the Rose City.

The team will honor Sabonis and reunite him with fans in a public celebration at Pioneer Courthouse Square at approximately 1 p.m., where Sabonis will be added to the Trail Blazers Hall of Fame banner displayed in the Rose Garden.

Later that day, the Blazers will host a reception for Sabonis at 6 p.m., on the Club Level of the Rose Garden featuring a Q&A session with Sabonis and other Blazers personalities. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting the make it better foundation. Fans can visit trailblazers.com/sabonis to purchase tickets.