Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 11:30 am  |  10 responses

Big Z Loves the Kids

Even ones that are hanging on to precious pieces of personal memorabilia: “The ball Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas used to score his 10,000th career point turned up in the hands of a local youngster who left with it after it was thrown into the seats at Quicken Loans Arena following a March 21 game against Atlanta. Ilgauskas, who hit the 10,000 mark early in the first quarter, was hoping to find the ball and keep it as a memento. There was even an outcry for its return by some local media outlets. The 8-year-old boy’s mother contacted the Cavs to say her son had the ball and wanted to return it. But the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas, as gentle a giant as there is in the NBA, told the youngster to keep it as a souvenir. ‘I felt bad for him,’ Ilgauskas said. ‘He took an uncalled for beating for it in the last couple days. For me, it was more about the journey and not the ball. I want him to have peace with it. I don’t need the ball.’”

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  • Ken

    That’s hilarious that the ball was booted into the crowd. Z must be pissed.

  • Ken

    clarification: pissed at the teammate that booted it in the stands. Obviously he dealt with the fan situation very graciously.

  • RuPaul

    “Big” Z is my kinda guy.

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Z is ILLguaskas

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    The only thing that Big Z and Michael Jackson have/will ever have in common.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Hopefully he saves the one from his 20,000th point.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Z is the man.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And the kids love Big Z.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ..ahh to have peace with it….

  • James aka…

    If z gets to 20k, I think we’ll have to be mindful of possible age related vampirism. Come to think of it it, he is awefully pale…