T-Mac—the famous Bustabucket commentor, not the obscure basketball player—checks in with a story about international unity and Arvydas Sabonis. T-Mac is in Europe, where I assume he is attempting to track down elusive Bustabucket legend Sheed:
I'm at a debate camp in Holland, and we had a culture night yesterday for everyone at the camp—there are somewhere around 30 countries represented. I came around a corner and saw the Lithuania table and immediately yelled, "He's not your-vedas, and he's not my-vedas—he's OUR-vedas!"
They laughed and told me that he's from their town in Lithuania, and offered me a shot of some really strong Lithuanian vodka. Thus began two hours of drinking and celebrating the life and career of arguably one of the top-five centers who ever lived.
We talked about his shooting. We talked about his no-look passes in traffic. We talked about the matchup problems he presented Shaq. We talked about his total dominance of Team USA in 1984. We talked about the 1992 Barcelona games Grateful Dead t-shirts for Team Lithuania he inspired, and how after leaving the NBA, he went home for one more year and won the league MVP.
We talked about his awesome wife and her DUIs. We talked about youtubing his clips from the '80s every so often and being shocked that he's not in the discussion for best player ever. It was a celebration of an amazing career that people in only a handful of places in the world can truly appreciate.
I was so hammered that I had to be helped on the bus home, but it was AWESOME. I'm telling you: basketball brings people together.