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“He holds a special place in my life.” The son of a USSR legend received an incredible gift

Date: July 17, 2024 Time: 16:45:53

The Sacramento Kings did not have the best performance in the 2023/2024 season: the team finished the regular season in tenth place in the Western Conference and did not reach the playoffs from the play-in stage, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans. . A year earlier, the California Club, led by Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox, made the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2006 and took third place in the West. In many ways, the “kings” achieved success thanks to the Lithuanian basketball player, the son of the legend of the USSR and the Lithuanian national teams, Arvydas Sabonis. Now Sacramento and the family of 1951 NBA champion Bob Davis have given a gift to the great Sabonis dynasty.

Who is Bob Davis? Professional basketball player who played point guard for the Rochester Royals (now Sacramento) from 1945 to 1955. During his college days, he was called Harrisburg Houdini (Harrisburg is the city in which he was born). Davis led Seton Hall University to 43 consecutive victories between 1939 and 1941. Additionally, almost everyone in the country wanted to see his point guard skills. In March 1941, Madison Square Garden managed to gather the largest number of spectators in basketball history at that time: 18,403 people. This happened in a game between his student team and Rhode Island.

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World War II began and Americans joined the US Navy. After serving until 1943, Davis continued playing basketball, first playing for the Brooklyn Indians and the New York Gothams before joining Rochester. Bob helped the Royals win the NBL title in 1946 and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) that season. The main achievement of his career was the NBA championship in 1951, when Rochester defeated the New York Knicks in seven games. Davis is a four-time All-NBA First Team member and four-time All-Star selection. At the end of his career, his number 11 was retired from circulation at the club.

Arvydas Sabonis played with number 11 in his native Zalgiris, in the USSR and Lithuania national teams, and even in the Portland Trail Blazers. So, we can say that two units on the back are an integral attribute of the famous Lithuanian basketball family. When Domantas arrived in the NBA, number 11 was worn by Enes Kanter for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the legend’s son played with the desired number for the Indiana Pacers. After the trade to Sacramento, Sabonis Jr. took the 10th spot, while the 11th spot was assigned to Davis. But the family of the legendary Rochester player paid tribute to the Sabonis and allowed Domantas to wear a jersey with a number important to his dynasty.

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“My brothers and I are very proud of our father and everything he accomplished during his legendary NBA career. He has had a great influence on our family, as well as many young aspiring athletes. He definitely he was a man of true character. Given the Sabonis family’s special connection to the number 11, we thought it would be appropriate to share our father’s number with Domantas and wish him much success. We are grateful to the Kings organization and the fans for their continued support,” said Camie Davis, Bob Davis’ daughter.

Domantas, for whom this event is very significant, could not help but speak. “The number 11 holds a special place in my life and the life of my family and I wore it throughout my career in honor of my father. “I am incredibly grateful to the Davis family for sharing the number 11 with me and I look forward to continuing to build on the legacy of everyone who has worn it before me.”

Arvydas Sabonis and Domantas Sabonis

Photo: Social networks of Domantas Sabonis

Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair also responded positively to this type of decision. “Bob Davis is a club legend and we deeply appreciate his family’s association with him. “This is an exciting next chapter for Domantas and his family and we look forward to wearing number 11 on the pitch next season.” In fact, everyone wins: Sabonis still uses his great father’s number, and Sacramento reminds everyone of Davis, who was a great point guard in his day. No ordinary man would be given the nickname Harrisburg Houdini.

Sabonis continues to shine for the Kings. He became the second player in NBA history with 19.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game since Wilt Chamberlain, who achieved such figures in the 1967-1968 season. Domantas also finished the season as the leader in total rebounds (1,120), double-doubles (77) and triple-doubles (26). This is not the first time a player has been allowed to play with a number that has already been retired. For example, Larry Nance Jr. wore his father Larry Nance’s number 22 jersey for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But such events are extremely rare in the NBA and are something special, even when one legend’s family allows another to tell such a beautiful story associated with the number.

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