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Big Z Calls it a Day

Z on Draft Day

As reported by the PD’s Tom Reed, Big Z hangs it up.

CLEVELAND: Former Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas told the Plain Dealer today he is retired after 13 NBA seasons and two trips to the NBA Finals.

Ilgauskas, 36, spent nearly his entire career as a Cav and helped the franchise evolve from an also-ran to an Eastern Conference champion in 2007. He spent last season with the Miami Heat and former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James.

The center owns Cavaliers career records for games played (771), rebounds (5,904) and blocks (1,269). He is second in points with 10,616.

He ranks 40th all-time in the NBA with 0.81 shots blocked per game. 

 ”Enough is enough,” Ilgauskas said. “My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows when it’s time.”

Big Z

Ilgauskas is in Cleveland today attending the opening of an urgent care facility that’s owned by his wife. The family has two small kids, who attend school in Miami.

“I want to spend more time with my family,” he said. “I have spent the past 15 years living out of a suitcase. It’s time.”

He appeared in just nine playoff games last season for the Heat, averaging 11.6 minutes and 3.6 points.

Z was a tough dude

It’s believed the player simply known as “Z” will have opportunities to work for the Cavaliers’ organization, but he would not address the topic. His immediate plans are to visit his parents in Lithuania before returning to Miami.

Ilgauskas said he’s been contemplating retirement for the past few seasons. He knew he had played his final game, Ilgauskas said, after the Heat was eliminated by Dallas in the Finals.

He’s most proud of his longevity after early foot injuries and surgeries threatened his career. He is a two-time NBA All-Star, who averaged 13 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game.

“I will always think of Cleveland as my home,” Ilgauskas said. “This was my kids’ first home. 

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“There are so many great memories here and I was lucky to play in one place for so long. To experience so many lows and then so many highs was special. There were the division titles and the conference championship. The early disappointments made the winning that much better.”

One of his favorites moments was capturing the Eastern Conference title at the Q against Detroit. The victory propelled the Cavs into their only NBA Finals appearance in which they were swept by San Antonio.

“I really enjoyed those years, but I would tell the young guys not to take anything for granted. We made those trips to the playoffs and had all those national TV games, but nothing lasts forever. I was there when the arena was empty. I can appreciate the whole experience now.”

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Much respect goes out to Z from CavsHistory.  He was the longest tenured Cavs ever, had a great sense of humor and was part of both the lowest of lows and the highest of highs in Cavs history.  Lets hope we get to see #11 hanging up in the Q.

Enjoy the below photo gallery of the big guy.

Holy Moly its a Long Summer and Lockout. Here’s Some ESPN Stuff to Tide You Over

ESPN Link

Will Cleveland Forgive Lebron?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omri Back to Maccabi?

Enough buzz around the internet to acknowledge that this might happen… link.  Will Casspi join Jordan Farmer overseas?

 

Slow Summer… Here’s Some World B. Free Highlights

There’s a lockout going on.  So how about a video of WBF with some pretty rare footage of the 1980-1983 Home and Away uniforms?  (and forgive me, there is some footage of him from when he was on the Sixers, etc…)

Check out how empty the Coliseum was (at 1:11 in)

It is extremely rare to have any photos/videos of the Cavs is their home uni’s from that area. Why?  The team was so bad an so widely unpopular that almost no one was there for the home games.  So most of the archival footage is from road games.

Enjoy watching World work and his legendary “egg in a nest” haircut.

Cavs Sneak in Deal for Casspi and a Pick for J.J. Just Before Lockout

Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi

Just before the bell rang and the doors locked, GM Grant and the Cavs snuck in a deal for lanky G/F Omri Casspi for a 1st round protected pick in 2012 and our beloved J.J. Hickson

 

J.J. still has huge upside, and the Cavs weren’t to keen on dealing him, but they needed a 2/3 and some wiggle room financially.  Plus J.J. may be to pricey to sign long term for what he gives.

Now we wait.  The doors are locked and no NBA to be played for a while.  Also, who knows if we’ll get to use that LBJ trade exception.  Get ready for a quiet summer.

(if you guys want something to do to fill the time this summer, try Googling “Omri Casspi Girlfriend”)

Kyrie and Tristan in Their New Gear

Check out #1 Kyrie Irving and #4 Tristan Thompson in they Cavs road uni’s

 

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson

Cavs Take Irving and Thompson in the First Round

1 and 4

#1 and #4

Pretty big day yesterday, the Cavs took Irving as expected with the 1st and surprised quite a few with Thompson at 4.  I gotta admit I didn’t know Tristan at all prior to the pick and I just hope Coach Scott and GM Grant know more than I do.

 

I the 2nd round they picked Milan Macvan from Serbia – 6′ 9” 260 lbs… that’s all I know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011 Draft Tomorrow…

Feels good to be at the center of the NBA Universe again. I gotta admit I missed it.

Cavs have the 1 and the 4 but we’ve heard all sorts of rumors about trades and changes. Twitter is a blessing and a curse. So much information is available but its hard to sift through it all. We will see.

Cavs have been spotty with drafts. Traditionally always making the right pick at #1 (Carr, Big Brad, LBJ) and making good 2nd round picks. But in the last 15 years we’ve NOT done so great at mid lottery picks.

Tomorrow should be fun.

Cavs Lose and All-Time Great, Mike Mitchell Passes Away at 55

Cavs Great (19.3 PPG, 5.8 APG over four years) Mike Mitchell passed away yesterday after a 2 year battle with cancer.  Mike was the bright spot on the Cavs post AC and Bingo era.

Mike made the 1981 All-Star game that was hosted in Richfield, OH. He score 14 on 6/12 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes of work in front of his home crowd.

Mike was well known for prolific scoring and a high arching jumper.  He had no fear in putting it up.

The Cavs drafted Mike in 1978 and he came off the bench his first season before joining the starting line-up and becoming a great scorer.

RIP Mike.

 

 

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