CLEVELAND It may not grab the headlines anywhere else, but Zydrunas Ilgauskas returning to the Cavaliers is a pretty big deal in Cleveland.
Thats because Ilgauskas is right up there with Austin Carr, Brad Daugherty and Mark Price when it comes to being a Cavs legend. On Wednesday, the team gave him another title that of special assistant to general manager Chris Grant.
And the unassuming 7-foot-3 former center welcomed the hiring as we all expected he would. He did it with grace and gratitude.
Im willing to learn, and my work ethic wont change, he said.
Good news, considering Ilgauskas did in fact possess a never-surrender approach to the game. How else do you describe a man who was picked up with the No. 20 overall draft pick by the Cavs (1996), suffered through what appeared to be some career-killing foot injuries, then bounced back to play 12 years with the Cavs and 13 overall?
Not only that, but he became the teams leader in games played, rebounds and blocked shots. Thro...