HoopsHype Zydrunas Ilgauskas rumors

March 3, 2014 Updates
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I keep hearing that LeBron James will be attending Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey retirement ceremony on March 8 at Quicken Loans Arena. So much so that I felt obligated to write about it. According to multiple sources I’ve spoken with, there is a very good chance that James will be attending the Cavaliers game against the New York Knicks on Saturday to show support for his longtime teammate and friend. It is not believed that James will have any role in the ceremony, but there is an expectation that he'll be in the building as Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey is raised to the rafters. Stepien Rules

February 26, 2014 Updates
January 5, 2014 Updates

The best-case scenario for Lopez’s recovery would be to mirror that of former Cavaliers big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The 7-foot-3 Lithuanian big man had multiple issues with his left foot early in his career before having a complicated surgery that included a first metatarsal osteotomy, in 2001. After playing in just 29 games over the previous three seasons because of repeated issues with his left foot, Ilgauskas went on to play 10 more years in the NBA without any further complications from his prior injuries, making well over $100 million, being selected to a pair of All-Star teams and becoming a key piece of the Cavaliers’ playoff teams during LeBron James’ tenure there. “Different guys’ bodies react differently,” King said. “Different guys have had different things done, and they’ve had different success.” New York Post

December 9, 2013 Updates

The Cavs are committed, though, to acquiring as much talent as possible before making final decisions on whether it all meshes. (They still have a future first from Miami, a first from Sacramento and a first from Memphis, along with their own.) They may have to move some of the pieces if Andrew Bynum can come back from his knee injuries; they're pinning their hopes on the fact that the same medical team that helped Zydrunas Ilgauskas make two All-Star teams after his foot injuries early in his career is working with Bynum. NBA.com

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The late Drazen Petrovic is the clear No. 1 in the results of a poll conducted among 38 Eurobasket players in which we asked who were the Top 5 Europeans ballers of all time. The players competing at the tournament apparently put a lot of stock in the performances at FIBA championships as Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis and Dejan Bodiroga – with 11 NBA seasons combined – made the Top 4 while All-Stars like Detlef Schrempf, Predrag Stojakovic and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were massively snubbed and Dirk Nowitzki, the only Euro to win regular season and Finals MVP, ended up in a surprising fifth position. HoopsHype

April 25, 2013 Updates

A few other things have changed in the three years since Brown left the Cavaliers. For one, former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is no longer is a player. He's the Cavaliers' special assistant to the general manager. Still, Brown said he'd stick some sneakers on the big man if he needed a veteran presence on this Cavaliers squad. "Z is your boss," general manager Chris Grant interjected. Brown's eyes widened before he responded, "I've got to get used to that one." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 27, 2013 Updates
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According to the website 82games.com, Thompson's shot is blocked 22 percent of the time when he throws the ball at the rim. Further, Thompson's attempts when "close" to the basket -- in essence, not a dunk but not a jumper -- is a staggering 37 percent. By comparison, Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is blocked 4 percent of the time, overall, and 10 percent when he attempts a "close" shot. Enter the solution: Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Byron Scott brought in the former Cavaliers big man and current assistant to the general manager Thursday to teach Thompson a thing or two about how to avoid being blocked. Ilgauskas was strolling the Cavaliers practice facility in street clothes Thursday. The main thing Thompson needs to work on, Scott said, is making quicker decisions -- and moves. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A lot of times [when] he gets it, he puts it on the floor and he's trying to gather," Scott said. "By the time you do all that, you've got two bigs or three guys surrounding you, and they're just trying to push him under the basket even farther. Now he's going up, and most of the time, it's against somebody who is 6-11 or 7 foot, so he's at a disadvantage." The 6-9 Thompson might be smaller than the 7-3 Ilgauskas, but the Lithuanian still has some tricks to teach. In Ilgauskas' final season in the NBA, with Miami, he was blocked 4 percent of the time and 15 percent of his "close" shots. " 'Z' has shown him some things I think can be really good for him. It's just a matter of him implementing it to be a little more effective," Scott said. "I think he has that in him. It's just a matter of continuing to do it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 30, 2012 Updates

Q: Hey, Mary: Since it will be a year since Zydrunas Ilgauskas retired from the NBA, do the Cavs have any plans to retire his No. 11 in the near future? -- Mike L., North Royalton A: Hey, Mike: It is definitely going to happen, but all parties are working to find exactly the right time. No date has been set. Cleveland Plain Dealer

July 15, 2012 Updates

The year was 1996. The Cavs needed "bigs" in the worst way and had two first-round picks — Nos. 12 and 20. They had settled on Wright State's Vitaly Potapenko at 12 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas at 20. In hindsight, Z was a much better player, but that's an argument for another day. Before the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers were calling teams in the lottery and inquiring about moving up. They found a taker in the then-Charlotte Hornets, who had the 13th overall pick, who agreed to deal their pick for Lakers center Vlade Divac. The Lakers offered the same deal to the Cavs, sources say, but were turned down. The Hornets drafted Lower Merion (Pa.) High School star Kobe Bryant and dealt him to the Lakers. News-Herald

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Scott said earlier in the season that Ilgauskas would spend time this summer and in training camp working with Tristan Thompson, but both Scott and Grant said on Friday that isn’t true. “Z doesn’t want to coach,” Scott said. “Jamahl [Mosley] has done an excellent job with Tristan. He’s our big man coach.” Akron Beacon Journal

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On the eve of the 2010 trade deadline, the Cavaliers were embroiled in trade talks with the Phoenix Suns. According to sources, the Cavs were offering forward J.J. Hickson, center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and their first-round pick to the Suns for All-Star forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire. Rumors surfaced all over the league the deal was nixed because then-Cavs general manager Danny Ferry wouldn't part with the promising Hickson. Let's set the record straight: It was the Suns who vetoed the trade. News-Herald

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