Found March 08, 2014 on Basketball Bicker:
The Cleveland Cavaliers honored Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Saturday, retiring his No. 11 jersey. Former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James attended the ceremony to share the moment with Big Z. Check out a few pictures and video from the ceremony, via the Cavaliers Instagram. Ilgauskas averaged 13.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 12 NBA seasons with the Cavs. [Instagram] The post Cavaliers Retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Jersey, LeBron Attends (Video) appeared first on Basketball Bicker.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans chant Z during Zydrunas Ilgauskas jersey retirement

Tonight, one Cleveland Cavaliers legend got his number raised to the rafters as former big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas got his number #11 jersey retired. Before the start of the ceremony as Zydrunas made his way onto the floor, more than 20,000 Cavalier fans in attendance chanted his trademark, “Z” along with being cheered: Congrats to Z! *** Zydrunas Ilgauskas image courtesy of Getty Images

Big Z gets his number retired

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is got his number retired Saturday night. His hard work and his loyalty have paid off, and number 11 will be retired and hung up in the rafters in the Q. Big Zs road to getting his number retired was far from easy. The 7’2″Lithuanian was drafted in 1996 by the Cleveland Cavaliers; he spent all of his first year on the bench dealing with his injured right foot...

Ilgauskas has No. 11 jersey retired by Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) -- At 7-foot-3, Zydrunas Ilgauskas towered over everyone yet stayed completely down to earth. Soft-spoken and doggedly determined, Ilgauskas, who overcame serious injuries and personal tragedy to become one of Cleveland's best and most beloved players, had his No. 11 jersey retired Saturday night during an elaborate and emotional halftime ceremony as the Cavs hosted...

LeBron James plans to attend Zydrunas Ilgauskas' retirement ceremony

LeBron James plans to attend former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey retirement ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday. The Heat will play the Bulls on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. James told Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald that it looks like he and several Heat staffers from Cleveland will be able to make the trip to celebrate Ilgauskas' career. Ilgauskas played 13...

LeBron pays tribute to Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Instagram

Later tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to be retiring the jersey of former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and possibly, LeBron James will be in attendance for the ceremony. A few hours ago, LeBron decided to pay tribute to Zydrunas on his Instagram account with the below quote and photo collage: Words can’t express how happy I am for u today! My truly good friend getting...

NBA Video: Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement cermony

The Cleveland Cavaliers retired Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ number 11 on Saturday night during halftime of their game against the Knicks. Here are highlights from the ceremony and career highlights of Zydrunas’ career.  

Ilgauskas to have jersey retired by Cavs

At 7-foot-3, Zydrunas Ilgauskas towered over everyone yet stayed completely down to earth. Soft-spoken and doggedly determined, Ilgauskas, who overcame serious injuries and personal tragedy to become one of Cleveland's best and most beloved players, will have his No. 11 jersey retired Saturday night during an elaborate halftime ceremony certain to be emotionally poignant. The...

Fresh off having his jersey retired, Zydrunas Ilgauskas may be on his way out in Cleveland

On Saturday night, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his jersey retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. To an outsider, the event gave you the impression that the franchise was finally moving in the right direction. Everyone who should’ve been there was there; former coaches, former staffers, the former owner, and former players. Even the team’s most high profile former player, LeBron James...

Cavaliers Retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 Jersey, LeBron James Attends (Video)

The Cavaliers retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey during halftime of Saturday’s game against the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Former teammates LeBron James, Delonte West, Booby Gibson and Eric Snow were all in attendance to support Ilgauskas as the team raised his jersey to the rafters. LeBron James, Delonte West, Booby Gibson & Eric Snow Video via YouTube...

Talking Cavs: Z Ceremonies, Season Outlook is Grim

We have random thoughts on the latest in Cleveland Cavaliers basketball.  ____________________ – Cavs put on a spectacle for Big Z… While Saturday’s loss to the New York Knicks turned out to be a hard one to watch, the pregame and halftime celebrations were something to behold. The Cavaliers set out to honor franchise legend and fan-favorite Zydrunas Ilgauskas by retiring...

Will Cleveland Cavalier fans fall for the LeBron James okey-doke?

  Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers will be celebrating Zydrunas Ilgauskas. It’s been called “Big Z Night” which has no creativity. That title is lazily playing on the fact that he’s tall. Why not come up with something more creative like, “The Long Lithuanian” or “The guy whose name is hard to spell.” Actually those are horrible titles too. So let’s not name it...


It’s a wooden knocking sound.   An AK-47 machine gun firing, maybe two or three at once or maybe even more, in succession.  It is a chorus, over and over and over, expelling ringing spent shells.  In the bright lights cutting through a fog of haze and of two hundred thousand are soldiers swinging brutal rifles in dark shadows, connecting again and again.  Fifteen year old...

Knicks Defeat Cavs With New Lineup on “Big Z’s” Night

By Max Marcilla The Knicks won again, this time in Cleveland, despite a Cavalier team fighting for a win for Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retiring night. The Knicks outplayed the Cavs in almost every aspect. Going with the “big” lineup of Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler (which has turned the season around for now), the Knicks...

Cleveland Cavaliers still hoping to lure LeBron James back

5TH QUARTER MAG 5TH QUARTER MAG - Exclusive sports rumors and gossipAfter attending Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ halftime retirement ceremony, the predictable speculation about LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has already started to..Cleveland Cavaliers still hoping to lure LeBron James back
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