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Z is Coming Home (via PD)

link via By Mary Schmitt Boyer, The Plain Dealer

Zydrunas Ilgauskas has announced his intentions to rejoin the Cavaliers and has asked agent Herb Rudoy to begin negotiations with the Cavs on March 22, the first date he can do so.

“It is Zydrunas’ desire to return to the Cavaliers if a suitable contract can be agreed upon,” Rudoy said in an e-mail sent to reporters. “He has been overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of support and affection by the fans and by his teammates. He hopes to return to bring a championship to the Cavaliers and to the city of Cleveland.”

Ilgauskas was traded to Washington in the deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to the Cavs. After the Wizards bought out his contact, he cleared waivers and became a free agent Monday.

The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks were among the teams seeking to sign him, along with the Cavs, who have been without a true center since Shaquille O’Neal suffered a sprained right thumb at Boston on Feb. 25.”


Waiting for March 22

Waiting for March 22



I’m Getting Worried About the Z Situation

New info has come out that (via ESPN) Z’s agent said Z love the city of Cleveland and the fans… but was not at all please being “used as a pawn in the Jamison trade”.  link

Also, via Windy’s podcast, Z is feeling shakey about re-joining the team that has a full roster.  In other-words, he would feel guilty forcing the Cavs to cut one of the guys.

Z Just Prior to Being the First Person to Ever "Dunk" a Bowling Ball

Z Just Prior to Being the First Person to Ever "Dunk" a Bowling Ball

LeBron Player of the Month (6 and counting)

we keep track of this stuff here

Going back to March of LAST year, James has won the award every-single-month


The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played during February.

James paced the league in scoring (32.6 ppg), was fourth in assists (10.5 apg) and added 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 41.4 minutes. James scored at least 20 points in all 11 contests, leading Cleveland to an Eastern Conference-best 8-3 record. James recorded his third triple-double of the season on Feb. 18, with 43 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high tying 15 assists. On Feb. 6, James set a franchise record with 35 points in the first half of Cleveland’s 113-106 win at New York. James finished the game with 47 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a season-high five steals.

Here is a closer look at the month for James:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

• Feb. 2 vs. Memphis: Totaled 22 points, 15 assists and six rebounds in a 105-89 win over the Grizzlies. 

• Feb. 6 vs. New York: Poured in 47 points, and added eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals in a 113-106 win over the Knicks.

• Feb. 11 vs. Orlando: Recorded 32 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds and two steals in a 115-106 win over the Magic.

• Feb. 18 vs. Denver: Posted 43 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists and two steals in a 118-116 overtime loss to the Nuggets.

• Feb. 25 @ Boston: Tallied 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a 108-88 win over the Celtics.


Z Update: He has Officially Cleared Waivers

that’s all.

Can’t sign w/ Cavs until 3/22.  Can sign with anyone else whenever.

The Great Trade I Didn’t Want to Happen

Well, it happened.  The day the Cavs traded away my favorite player to go for the ring.  I can only hope Z gets bought out. If not, it will sour my love of the Cavaliers for a long time.

For years if you went to a Cavs game you know the first offensive play would be a dump pass into the post to Ilgauskas and whole crowd would go “ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!” Its one of my favorite things in sports.

I know you root for the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back, but I like rooting for Z. Hope to see you in 30 days my man.


Why don't you love me anymore?

Here’s the details:

A 3 team trade in which the Wizards received Zydrunas Ilgauskas and the Cavaliers’ 2010 first-round pick as well as Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers. They sent newly aquired Drew Gooden to the Clippers. The Cavaliers received point guard Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers and Antawn Jamison from the stupid Wizards.

McLovin’ Goes to Dallas… via Cleveland

Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse (or as I call him, Christopher “The Red Mist” Mintz-Plasse) does a pretty funny promo for to promote the 2010 All-Star Game.  “HotWad” Wiliams and Boobie get some good run, and of course LBJ is in it.

LeBron PotW Again

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James today was named the Eastern Conference Players of the Week for games played Feb. 1-7. (link here)

James paced the league in scoring, averaging 35.0 points and was second in assists (10.3 apg), leading Cleveland to a 3-0 week. James also averaged 7.0 rebounds in 43.0 minutes. On Feb. 6, James scored a franchise-record 35 points in the first half and had a season-high tying five steals in the Cavaliers win over New York. James recorded his 19th double-double of the season with 22 points and a career-high tying 15 assists in a win over Memphis on Feb. 2. This is James’ fifth Player of the Week award this season.

LeBron High-Fives Fans

LeBron High-Fives Fans


Feb. 2 vs. Memphis: Recorded 22 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, one block and one steal in a 105-89 win over the Grizzlies.

Feb. 4 vs. Miami: Scored 36 points and added eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in a 102-86 win over the Heat.

Feb. 6 vs. New York: Poured in 47 points and added eight assists, eight rebounds and five steals in a 113-106 win over the Knicks

We keep track of this stuff here.

LeBron Wins PotM for Jan 2010 (5 in a row)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named today as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in the month of January.

James averaged 30.7 points on .503 shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 39.1 minutes per game, leading the Cavs to an NBA-best 12-3 (.800) record for the month of January. Their 12 wins also marked the Cavaliers most wins in any January in franchise history and the team finished January by winning their final eight games of the month. The Cavs currently stand at a league-best 39-11 and own a season-high nine-game winning streak. James has now won the award for the 14th time in his career: for the third consecutive month this season, four times in 2008-09; two times during 2007-08, once in 2006-07, twice in 2005-06 and twice during the 2004-05 campaign. During the month, James ranked first in points per game (30.7), second in assists per game (8.5) and fifth in steals per game (1.6) among Eastern Conference players. He scored 20 or more points in 14 of the 15 games this month, including nine games of 30 or more points.


Piling up Awards

Piling up Awards

In a 106-94 victory over the Trail Blazers on January 10th, James scored 41 points on 13-19 (.648) shooting from the field, added 10 rebounds and eight assists. It marked his fifth game this season of at least 40 points (tied with Carmelo Anthony for the second-most 40-point games this season) and notched his league-leading third game of the season with at least 40 points and at least 10 rebounds.


James knocked down a season-best six three-pointers on his way to a game-high 37 points versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 23rd. He also tallied nine rebounds, a then season-high tying 12 assists and blocked Kevin Durant’s game-winning layup attempt in the closing seconds of the game.

He scored 12 points in the final period, including the go-ahead basket with 40.5 seconds left that put the Cavaliers up for good in their 93-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at The Q on January 21st. He finished with a game-high 37 points, five rebounds and nine assists. The win gave the Cavaliers a season sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers for the third time in the past four seasons. In the Cavs’ 92-91 victory at Miami, James scored a Heat opponent record tying 20 points in the second quarter on his way to a team-high 32 points. It marked his 10th career 30-point game against Miami. His steal of a Dwyane Wade pass with 6.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave him the 900th steal of his career and after being fouled, he hit two game-winning free throws.

In the final game of the month vs. the Clippers at home, he scored 23 of his game-high 32 points in the first quarter, while knocking down 5-6 (.833) shots from behind the arc and tying a Cavaliers individual record for three-pointers made in a period. The Cavaliers also tied the NBA record for total three-pointers made in a period, with 11 that night. His 23 points also tied a Quicken Loans Arena individual record for points in a period and was one point away from his franchise record. James has now scored at least 20 points in a period four times this season (three of them in the last 10 games) and 10 in his career.

The New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul was named the Western Conference Player of the Month. Other nominees for Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors were Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson, Chicago’s Derek Rose, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, and Toronto’s Chris Bosh.

We keep track of this stuff here.



Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named today as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 4th through Sunday, January 10th.

In three games during the week, James averaged an NBA-best 33.0 points on .542 shooting, 7.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists in



39.1 minutes per game. James wins the award for the third time this season and the 23rd time in his career. Last week, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by KIA Motors for games played in the month of December.


James finished with 23 points on 7-12 (.583) shooting, seven rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one steal in a 121-98 victory over the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena on January 6th. The win marked the second largest margin of victory for the Cavaliers this season.

On January 8th in Denver, James put up 35 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out seven assists. In the second road game of the week, on January 10th against the Portland Trail Blazers, he finished with 31 (20 points in the first quarter alone) of his 41 points in the first half, and tallied 10 rebounds and eight assists to record his 12th double-double of the season. It was James’ fifth game this season with at least 40 points, which ties him for second most this season league-wide. The game also marked the third time this season he has scored at least 40 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds, the most in the NBA.

The Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Kaman was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. Other nominees for the Eastern Conference Player of the Week were Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson, Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Washington’s Antawn Jamison.

We keep track of this stuff here

Ilgauskas’ long road to longevity a lesson for Yao, Oden by Scott Howard-Cooper (

by Scott Howard-Cooper (



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He is 34 years old now, in his 14th season in the NBA and his 12th season actually playing in the NBA, in a new role in Cleveland that could be seen coming and a new role in the league that no one could have envisioned.
What an unlikely record holder.
What an unexpected inspiration.
“I think if I can do it, if I can come back, then anybody can,” Zydrunas Ilgauskas said. “I’m not special.”
Except that he is.
That Ilgauskas is playing, period, in 2009-10, is meaningful. That he is playing an important role anywhere, let alone for the 27-9 Cavaliers, is the stuff of Vegas long shots. His is a comeback story for all-time in the NBA and especially in this time, in the season when the careers of Greg Oden and Yao Ming pretty much ended.
Just like the career of Ilgauskas pretty much ended a couple dozen times.
Oden has the coincidental and unfortunate linkage to Sam Bowie and Bill Walton in the tradition of centers picked very high in the draft who gimped their way through frustrating Trail Blazers careers. Yao has the burden of an entire country (China) and a city (Houston) aching at every gloomy medical bulletin, but they also have Ilgauskas as the reminder that a happy ending is possible. “Big Z” is the walking, talking Get Well card, proof that there is a future after all.
Ilgauskas and Yao talked a few times in the summer and met when the Cavaliers were in Houston last month. He’d be glad to speak with Oden, if Oden would like, with the same message that patience and sticking with the rehab even as the hours of long, tedious work pile high.

“Nobody but me knows what it takes to come back from all those injuries,” he said. “You obviously take that [people wanting to talk to him] as a compliment. But you don’t take that for granted, what it took you to get here.”
Ilgauskas the inspiration. Incredible.
Remember when he was Ilgauskas the incapacitated?
The rookie campaign, 1996-97, as the No. 20 pick in the draft, was zero appearances thanks to a broken right foot and subsequent surgery, the same injury that caused Big Z to miss the season before in his native Lithuania. The NBA debut was playing all 82 games in 1997-98. The tease. Next, five games, due to a fractured left foot, followed by missing all 1999-2000 while continuing to rehab the left foot, including another surgery. Cleveland signed him to a six-year extension on Jan. 29, 2000. Suckers. The payback was 24 games in 2000-01, before more pain in the left foot, more surgery, more end-of-career talk.
Some of that was in conversation with himself, some in conversation with those close to him. He was realistic enough to realize that retirement could be very near.
And then the strangest thing happened. Z got healthy. Then kept getting healthy.
He returned Dec. 4, 2001, the first game in about 50 weeks, and played 62 of the final 65 contests, losing one on a coach’s decision and two because of back spasms. He missed one game each of the next two seasons, three in each of the next three and nine in 2007-08 before sitting out 17 games last season, mostly because of a sprained ankle.
From the brittle life of missing two full campaigns and playing less than one-third in two others to seven seasons of good health plus 2009-10 that has started in the same positive direction. From one stretch of 29 appearances over three seasons to a pair of All-Star games. From having no future to setting the team record for the most games played, making his 724th appearance with the Cavaliers on Dec. 2.
“When you have somebody that’s that good of a person have a chance to accomplish something like this, especially with the hardships that he’s been through, it’s special,” coach Mike Brown said. “You’re happy for him and for him getting that mark. But it’s the type of person and it’s his makeup that helped him get to that bar or that goal.”
That was the night anything officially became possible for Oden and Yao. It was the special game in Cleveland when the team that gave a wobbly player a long-term contract lived to see it become a good investment … and the popular big man who couldn’t make it through a season stepped into the record books for longevity. It didn’t matter that it was part of his new assignment as a backup, established once the Cavs traded for Shaquille O’Neal. Ilgauskas was historically linked with durability.
Inspirational, if a couple other centers noticed.
“Just be patient,” he said of the message to Yao and Oden. “Listen to your doctors. And the biggest thing is just patience. A lot of guys tend to get overzealous. They feel good and they want to make the next step. Just be patient. Don’t rush anything. Listen to your body, more than anything.”
Because things can get better.
“Yes,” the special center said. “Of course.”