Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 4:45 pm  |  34 responses

Cleveland Cavaliers to Retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Jersey

No Cav will ever be allowed to wear Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ no.11 jersey’s again — Big Z’s shirt is going up to the rafters in Cleveland on March 8 during a game against the New York Knicks. Per the Plain Dealer: “Most of the details have yet to be worked out, and tickets for that game won’t be on sale until Dec. 7. But it will be a night to remember as the team salutes one of its most popular players. Ilgauskas will be the seventh Cavalier to have his number retired, and the first since Mark Price’s No. 25 in 1999. Other players so honored include Nate Thurmond (42), Bingo Smith (7), Austin Carr (34), Larry Nance (22) and Brad Daugherty (43). Ilgauskas was a first-round draft choice by the Cavs in 1996, the 20th player taken overall, and the second taken that night by the Cavs, who drafted current assistant coach Vitaly Potapenko with the No. 12 pick. Ilgauskas, a shy, slender 7-foot-3 center from Lithuania, had just turned 21 and would lose the upcoming season with foot problems that would plague him the first five years of his pro career. He recovered well enough to make the NBA All-Rookie team in 1997-98 and was named the MVP of the Rookie Challenge in New York that season. But foot problems limited him to just 29 games over the next three seasons and when he broke a bone in his foot 24 games into the 2000-01 season, he thought his career was over and considered retirement. But he endured one more surgery and, as a result of his perseverance, finished his career as the all-time franchise leader in games played (771), total rebounds (5,904), offensive rebounds (2,336) and blocked shots (1,269) while ranking second in points scored (10,616). He was named to the All-Star team in 2003 and 2005. He played 12 of his 13 seasons in Cleveland, traded to Washington in 2010 as part of the deal that brought Antawn Jamison to the Cavs. After being waived by the Wizards, he rejoined the Cavs in time for the playoffs. He played one season in Miami before retiring in 2011 and joining the front office in January, 2012.”

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Nice! Miss the big man!

  • Zabbah


  • duq

    Did you not read the article?

  • LakeShow

    Nice, classy move.

  • Zabbah

    yeah i did. i think it’s stupid but i have a problem with the concept of ‘retiring’ numbers. in about a hundred years there won’t be any single digit jersey numbers available for any pro sports team in America to play in.

  • duq

    Great point.

    Someone had mentioned before they should just raise the jersey to the rafters and allow the number to be playable.

  • Lloyd

    They need to retire Lebron’s jersey eventually.

  • Zabbah

    but then that diminishes the importance of retiring your number.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    in a hundred years sports may not exist. The human race may not be here. Earth may be reduce to barren land.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Who wantz to buy some DVDz!!

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I hadn’t realised he held so many cavs records… amazing for the big Z.
    And shout out to vitaly potapenko!!!! One of my fav teams back in 95-97 had these two guys… chris mills, terrell brandon, bob sura good times…

  • Dave

    Go F^ck yourself.

  • 3Chainz

    Why argue with yourself?………….

  • dannyb

    He should be enshrined in the podiatry hall of fame

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    What’s that all about, you don’t like funny commercials with puppets?

  • Zabbah

    Because it’s the truth.

  • Zabbah

    it may and it may not.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    yes the predicted time value may be wrong or right?but for certain the Earth will not sustain this current life and how it is shaped at some point.

    what does your name mean and its origin?

  • Zabbah

    i can’t take you serious if you’re taking about the end of the world. ppl have been taking about the world coming to an end for 2000 years.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lol bro why are you so certain that this particular planet will exist in your lifetime. different apocalyptic notions exist in different religions but examine scientific research as well. There are so many avenues that show there is a finite time to both the earth and the sun. When the sun’s rxns cease no more life on earth but how the earth is handled from both endogenous influences and exogenous threats you never know how quick soemthing will go.

    anyway what does your name mean and what is the origin

    of course im not fear mongering it just a given reality. I mean why would people care to build an asteriod defense system?

  • Zabbah

    why are you so certain the planet won’t exist your lifetime? science does not believe the chances are high it will end in out lifetime.
    for the record, i do believe in the Day of Judgement. but I don’t think that’s an excuse to let it shape our thoughts for the future. because you could be wrong about the timing and then you’ll just look like a dick. there’s plenty of examples of ppl who predicted the end of the world, made money out of it and turned out were wrong. you and I can’t predict when the world will end, only God does.

    my name is a story for another day. let’s leave it at that.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    bro i am not saying i know when.

    Interesting for your truth resonates with keen ears. but elaborate more on what you know about the final hour.

    your name is particularly. interesting.

    ppl who want to make money always capitalize on peoples fears and anxieties. hence a huge market for propaganda. a sense of powerlessness perturbs the hearts

  • pposse

    every generation of people since the existence of people have thought the world will end in their lifetime, have you ever thought about it that way?

  • Zabbah

    Zydrunas getting his jersey retired spinned off into talks about the Rapture, lol. this is good conversation, not complaining.

  • Dfrance

    Probably assumed you were spam without clicking the link. If I didn’t recognize your name I’da thought it was spam too. lol

  • Dfrance

    Right next to Yao and Bill Walton.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Contine reading bottom of thread

  • pposse

    no i was just saying…someone told me that once and i realized that it is probably true. Us as humans almost selfishly want the world to end when our own lives end.

  • Smits#45

    I didn’t know that either but does it say something about Ilgauskas or about the Cavs…

  • Manuel Levario

    Big Z is the Cav’s best Rookie ever, along with rookie Brandon Knight, they were part of the backbone that led the Cavs into the playoffs in their rookie season.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    that’s speculation. One thing I’ve learned living in the current western hemisphere is the word “opinion” has an entirely different undertsanding than what the founding fathers of USA understood it to be and same with other intellectual civilizations. Freedom of speech basically grants anyone to say as much foolishness as they desire without evidence in our current understanding. I mean look at how the previous generation conducted themselves and how they debated. I mean this whole discussion of Abortion, Gay Rights only exist because people who have “faith” the Bible is some inerrant text which even biblical scholars don’t have that view and anyone who can read and compare the Gospels will agree with my position.

    Most people now speculate w/o basis for it which leads to the most outlandish claims. I mean words like “faith,belief” are substituted for words like “know” as a way to maintain each individuals dignity. IF for instance @zabbah:disqus said the words I KNOW a day of judgement is coming then you can actually have a discussion and say where is your evidence and what reasons do you have for knowing what you know. Rather than this “tolerance” nonsense of well he believes this she has faith in this. We need to as humans work together in the pursuit of truth because we are connected by our humanity. Humanity is our bond and we must explore truth. BTW @zabbah that in no way was to insult you. Rather you could all ready be on the right understanding of this realm.

    BTW pposse by your appearance I can tell you are a batman fan. If you ever have the change watch the animated film Justice League Doom

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    That lazy f^cker put a little extra on it though. At the real barbershop Dvd’s and all kinds of other $hit would’ve been flying. Lol

  • Wings23

    Anyone that has their own anthem deserves to have their jersey retired…



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