Jul 26

Rip City Magazine Rewind: Sabas Speaks Out!

By caseyholdahl Posted in: ripcityrewind

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In November of 1992, the Trail Blazers launched Rip City Magazine with the goal of "capturing all the excitement and action of Portland's 23rd season, neatly packaged for you to read and review time and time again, now and in future years."

Here we are almost 20 future years later, and Rip City Magazine lives on. And this summer, we'll dive into the archives to offer up some of the most memorable covers and stories from nearly two decades of RCM.

We had planned on releasing the Rip City Magazine Rewind's in chronological order, but after hearing that Arvydas Sabonis is going to be in Portland starting on August 18, we decided to move up Sabonis' covers. Not that I needed much reason to highlight more Sabonis stories.

In the first Sabonis cover story, "Sabas Speaks Out!", Arvydas' occasional interpreter Edis Jurcys interviews the bigman in Lithuanian before transcribing said interview into English for we Americans who have yet to grasp Sabas' native tongue. The interview was conducted during Arvydas' second season in Portland, so much of it has to do with how he's getting along in the States, the language barrier and dealing with the media. There's also some great stuff regarding Sabas' affection for ZZ Top, his kids' taste in movies, his teammates and how the ball sometimes has a mind of it's own.


  1. Love his response about the rain in Oregon:

    SABONIS:: Yes. I remember a funny story from last summer. I was visiting my grandmother and other relatives in Lithuania. We were outside chatting and having fun when some rain began to fall. Everyone ran inside the house except me. To me, the rain was an ordinary event. I shouted to them: "What happened? Are you guys scared of the rain?" Right now, rain doesn't bother me too much.

    by DHawes22 on 7/27/2011 9:42 AM
  2. Join the team in '87 and win 5+ championships...... Hindsight is 20/20

    by mbmurr1 on 7/27/2011 8:09 PM
  3. nice insight into the big man. Sabonis is my first favorite player when i started following the blazers. i loved how he said he had trouble understanding his son when his son was speaking in lithuanian with an american accent!

    by Kassandra on 7/28/2011 7:40 PM
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