Portland probably wouldn't have even had the chance to make that mistake if Sabonis was in America by the 1986-1987 season. I wish Sabonis would've been in America by at least 1990. Portland would've had at least one more title. Now Bill Walton still feels like the God of Portland because he was able to defeat the great Dr. J in the 1977 NBA Finals. Portland definitly needs a title soon so his ass will stop riding around Portland on his mountain bike with his Grateful Dead shirts on.
Two of the greatest players ever. ****ing soviets wouldn't let Sabonis out when he was drafted, and then when we got our independence back, he was a king in Spain, winning everything possible, obviously he didn't want to leave yet.
The 2 players are incomparable, they never played the same position, so it's hard to tell, but I think Sabonis was a better player overall. Drazen was really really really good. The Croatians and Lithuanian are always good at basketball, but today, Lithuania would beat Croatia, and I think they did back in the day. My parents told me of the battles between former Yugoslavia and the Soviets, it was literally a war. The Soviet Union team was made up of mostly Lithuanians, at least the main players, and that's why it should never be refered to as russia. Sabonis would have been Michael Jordan's main rival, no question, the same would be with Drazen. Unfortunately neither happened for long enough.
yeah, two the most talented and greatest europeans of all time...it's hard to compare them, since both play completely different positions, but their influence on european scene is undeniable...the only real flaw of Sabonis was his work ethic and difficult personality, sometimes he was a real hot shot and could do some stupid things like starting the fights and arguing with referrees...and that horrible achilleas injury he had also was completely avoidable and unnecessary though, back in the 80's european basketball was still very much on amateur level, players were constantly parting and drinking (Sabonis was no exception)...other than that and political issues aside, he was on Hakeem's level talent wise, head to head he was dominating Robinson whenever they met in international competition, you could just argue how many titles Portland would have with him in prime plus Drexler...Jordan would be worrying, that's for sure