Found October 01, 2011 on
Waiting For Next Year:
Zydrunas Ilgauskas announced his retirement yesterday, and I’m thinking his next announcement should be about his retirement party.
A festive occasion Z hosts in Downtown Cleveland, where he invites three to five hundred Cavaliers’ Fans through a free online ticket auction, all gathered together in the spirit of celebrating the Big Fella’s dozen years in a Cavs uniform.
Everyone will have so much fun, that by night’s end, nobody will even remember about that last, desperate, trip down to South Beach.
I know you’re liking this idea already Z, and there’s no need to thank me for it. Just make it happen. If you want, I’ll even try to line some sponsors up for the occasion so the tab isn’t too steep when you pick it up for everybody at last call. I’ve watched Turtle do the same thing for Vinny Chase a few times, and I’m pretty sure I could handle that for you. Just my way of saying thanks for memories Big Guy.
There’d be a limitless amount of ground that Z could cover when he took the
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Lithuanian center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who overcame a series of career-threatening foot injuries to become an All-Star, announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday.
Ilgauskas, 36, missed the entire 1996-97 season and all but 29 games over a three-year span from 1998-2001 due to fractures in both feet. With his career in the balance, he underwent a procedure that re-aligned his...
Zydrunas Ilgauskas has made a decision to leave LeBron James and his talents in South Beach. The Big man who spent much of his NBA Career as a Cleveland Cavalier has decided to retire. This will be the first time since joining the NBA LeBron James will be on his own without the Big man known as “Z” by his side. Ilgauskas made his decision in Cleveland today where he spent 12...
Happy trails, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z is calling it quits after 13 seasons in the NBA. Reports the Plain Dealer: “Former Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas tells the Plain Dealer he is retiring from the NBA after 13 seasons. Ilgauskas: ‘enough is enough. My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows when it’s time.’ More Z: ‘I want...
Lithuanian big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas is retiring from the NBA after 13 seasons, 12 of them anchoring he middle for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ilgauskas spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which tweeted his quotes. Ilgauskas: “enough is enough. My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows…
Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas says he is retiring after 13 NBA seasons.
It's official: Zydrunas Ilgauskas will indeed retire from basketball and forgo the one-year player option on his Miami Heat contract and retire after 13 seasons.
Big Z told the Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday "enough is enough," adding, "My body is beat up and I'm tired physically."
"There is no age limit," he said, "but everyone knows when...
Zydrunas Ilgauskas spent the 10-11 NBA season with the Miami Heat after playing for the Cavaliers since 1997.
A succession of foot surgeries nearly brought a premature end to Zydrunas Ilgauskas' basketball career. On Friday, he announced his departure from the game on his own terms.
The athlete known simply as "Z" played 12 seasons in Cleveland. Alongside LeBron James, he helped transform the franchise from laughingstock to Eastern Conference champion. The long-limbed Lithuanian blocked shots, sunk midrange jumpers and kept countless possessions alive with tips and rebounds.
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