VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) _ Portland Trailblazer center Arvydas Sabonis won't play for Lithuania in the Olympics because he is still recovering from major foot surgery, local media reported Thursday.

The 7-foot-3 Sabonis helped his country to bronze medals in the last two Olympics.

The loss of the 35-year-old center dampens the team's hope of adding another medal at the Sydney Games. Lithuania will also play without injured NBA Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Sabonis, who has been plagued by foot injuries for much of his career, consulted Trailblazer trainer Jay Jensen before making a final decision about skipping the Olympics, the Lytuvos Rytas daily reported.

His swollen foot shouldn't threaten the resumption of his career in the NBA later this year, the daily said.