Found March 07, 2014 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is what most of us can only hope to be: He can influence the masses without saying a word. Yet in many ways, Ilgauskas is like you and me, except for the fact he stands 7-foot-3. He is the NBA's version of Mr. Everyman, a regular guy who anyone would want as a friend, and best of all, someone who would probably give you a shot if you asked. He is not perfect, and he doesn't try to make himself out to be. He's just as human as they come in professional sports, and it takes no effort, no marketing strategy, no manufactured spin from a highly-paid publicist. All it takes is Z. You don't really know him, but you love him. And not just because he spent 13 years playing in your city for your favorite team, or how vital he was as a center for those very Cleveland Cavaliers. It has almost everything to do with the fact he is just a normal dude. Remember that 17-63 season in 2003? Z played hard and conducted himself like a professional. Remember that 66-16 ...

Cavs provide clue of Zydrunas Ilgauskas retirement imagery

On Thursday night, roughly 48 hours before Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 is placed in the rafters forever, the Cleveland Cavaliers tweeted out a sneak peak of special celebratory imagery that will grace the floor at The Q. The retirement ceremony is set to tip off during a special 18-minute halftime on Saturday night when the Cavaliers play host to the New York Knicks. Fans are encouraged...

Cavaliers Retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Jersey, LeBron Attends (Video)

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...

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

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...

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...

LeBron plans to come to Cleveland for Z ceremony, Heat approve

Conflicting reports have circulated regarding LeBron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas' ceremony and the Miami Heat's thoughts on their star's attendance. The latest, right from the mouth of Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, is that James is planning to head to Cleveland to watch the jersey retirement of his former teammate and the Heat are fine with it. Brian Windhorst of ESPN...

LeBron James attends Zydrunas Ilgauskas number retirement ceremony

With former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas getting his jersey retired tonight, many asked if former teammate LeBron James would make an appearance at it. Apparently, LeBron did make an appearance and was seen sitting in a luxury box before the ceremony: PIC: LeBron James at Cavs-Knicks game for #AllForZ night Get updates and chat during 2nd half:

Special Hour-Long Access Cavaliers Honors Ilgauskas

The Cleveland Cavaliers will retire the #11 jersey of Cavs legend Zydrunas Ilgauskas this Saturday, March 8th at Quicken Loans Arena when the team takes on the New York Knicks. In honor of this special day for "Big Z" and the Cavs, FOX Sports Ohio will air a special one-hour Access Cavaliers. The show will debut following the Cavs game this Saturday with replays throughout...

Report: Cavs think they may be able to bring back LeBron

The Cavs have to let this go. LeBron James returned to Cleveland on Saturday to be there for his friend Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement. So of course the rumors are popping back up that they think they can lure him back to Cleveland. From the Akron Beacon Journal: Yes, the Cavs underachieved this season. Yes, Grant tried feverishly for the past two years, but could never...

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...

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...
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