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Ilgauskas thinks fans need some perspective

Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: December 2, 2010 11:57 am
Former Cav suggests that maybe we're all going a little nuts over Heat-Cavs Thursday night.
Posted by Matt Moore

Zydrunas Ilgauskas isn't hated in Cleveland like LeBron James is for his defection to the Heat. He may even receive a fair amount of cheers tonight when introduced. He was a career-long Cavalier until this season when he joined his friend to try and win that championship that has held itself beyond his reach. So he's got a pretty good perspective on all the elements, people, and feelings going on as James returns to Cleveland. But with the tampering charges being investigated by Dan Gilbert, Ilgauskas isn't quite feeling polite about the hoopla regarding James' return. As he told NBA FanHouse:

"That's chasing ghosts right there," he told FanHouse while shaking his head. "Let bygones be bygones. There are more important things in life: people dying from cancer every day, kids dying every day, people having HIV, people fighting wars. There are more important things than the Miami Heat going back to Cleveland.

"Let's put life in perspective, it's just a basketball game."
via LeBron James, Miami Heat Teammates React to Dan Gilbert's Tampering Probe -- NBA FanHouse .

I kind of want to hug Ilgauskas after this quote. His comments are in regards to the tampering charge specifically, but this statement needs to be made into T-Shirts, cofee mugs, and gigantic billboards on the sides of buildings. It's completely fine for Cleveland to be upset about this. It's important to them. But it's still just a basketball game.

You have to wonder with the increased security, tension, and pain being expressed over this game, if everyone hasn't lost sight of that fact.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 7:19 pm

Ilgauskas thinks fans need some perspective

 Everyone in Cleveland still loves Z, and he'll get the standing ovation he deserves tonight.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:31 pm

Ilgauskas thinks fans need some perspective

Well the only problem with thinking Big Z is a bigger traitor is the Cavs did trade him away last year (even if they knew they were getting him back).  Also, I don't think the Cavs really wanted him back this year...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:54 pm

Ilgauskas thinks fans need some perspective

In my book Big Z is an even bigger traitor to Cleveland!!!! LBJ bolts great he is definitely a big traitor. However for this guy who busted his ass in Cleveland for all this years to go hop on the bandwagon with the guy who broke all of Cleveland's heart to me is just sickening. If anyone should of been pissed off at James it should be Z!!! Instead no he goes and hops on the bandwagon to try to win a title. They are both a couple of losers in my book, but I think Z tops them all for turning his back on Cleveland when they were at their lowest of lows. Turning his back on them to join up with the evil that broke their heart on top of it!

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:41 pm

Ilgauskas thinks fans need some perspective

Well, thats great, but that could be said for just about anything.  
The fact is the media has created the the character that LBJ has to portray.  Sure, he did Cleveland wrong, but he didn't do Memphis or Boston wrong, yet the fans all boo him.  This started with 'The Decision" and is going to continue until the next big athlete pulls something similar.  LBJ received some very bad PR advice from his uneducated, narrow-minded cronies and now the rest of his career will be defined for him no matter what he accomplishes on the court.  

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