Last week Zydrunas Ilgauskas became the the Cleveland Cavaliers all-time leader in offensive rebounds. Being the leader in any cumulative category for a team that’s been around for 37 years is a big deal.
Z has been on the Cavs longer than any other player in history with 11 years in tow. By the time he is done he should be the all-time leader in several categories.
To keep perspective, look how much he’s changed. I try and use the earliest available picture I can find of the player when they begin their Cavaliers tenure. Just looking at the difference of what he looked like when he first suited up at 20 (before he went off for his first surgery) and what he looks like now lets you now how long he’s been here.
On a personal note, Z is one of my all-time favs. A guy who has really embraced Cleveland as his second home. His quote of “…I couldn’t sign with another team because I’d be checking the box scores to see how the Cavs did…” let me know that he plans on retiring here as well.
If LBJ and crew can secure a Championship before Z hangs it up, I can easily see number 11 hanging up in the rafters.
(a little late, but what the heck)
Spike. You can’t have him
Happy November 16th. Its LeBron shoe day and i went out and bought em. Crunch suggested that I write something up, so here I go.
So, I live in LA… 2,500 miles from Cleveland. Wonder how popular LBJ is out here? I went to Footlocker in Santa Monica at 10:30am… AND THEY WERE SOLD OUT ALREADY! OK, they only open up at 10am, so we know that either there are some people more into LBJ than me or shoe “copping” is more popular out on the west coast.
Anyways, $150 bucks later, I had my Zoom LBJ IV’s.
(check them all out on my table)
Since I have all his kicks, I thought I’d review ‘em all briefly.
Air Zoom LeBron IV
Heavy, not very detailed but feel great on the foot. I should explain what I mean by “not very detailed”. The reason that LeBron’s shoes are so cool is because they have lots of little cool details on them. They aren’t just a shoe with his name on them.
3rd best overall
Air Zoom LeBron III
Almost perfect. Tons more detail than the the other three. Even his name on the agletts (the tips of the laces). They are ulra cool looking and feel great to wear.
But… 2nd best overall
Air Zoom LeBron II
Cool freaking shoe. Looks like a bullet-proof vest. Nice velcro strap to tighten around your ankle. Not too heavy either. They are simpler than the AZLIII, but still have some cool nooks and crannies.
#1 LeBron shoe so far!
They are, by FAR, the most comfortable and freakin’ great to play in.
Air Zoom Generation
LAME name (how can they not name them “THE LEBRON” or something?). Too thin. Not good to wear or play in. But nostagia goes a long way. These are the shoes he wore in Game #1 and the ones he’s wearing in his first “Tomahawk Dunk”. The photo of that dunk has become THE iconic image of his career (see below).
None of these are his best feeling shoe. The LBJ 20-5-5 shoe (below), is the best feeling shoe I’ve ever played in. But, since its not an “official” numbered seasonal shoe, I’m not counting it.
That was pretty good.