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Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 12:03 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverzydrunas-ilgauskas-retire

If Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James ever wins a title, a long-time teammate reportedly won't be along for the ride.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that Lithuanian center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who followed James from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Heat in 2010, has decided to retire.

Ilgauskas, 36, played 13 seasons in the NBA, the first 12 with Cleveland, and was twice selected as an All-Star. A 7-foot-3 giant known as "Big Z," Ilgauskas averaged 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds for his career.

"Enough is enough," Ilgauskas told the paper. "My body is beat up and I'm tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows when it's time. I want to spend more time with my family. I have spent the last 15 years living out of a suitcase.""

A fan favorite in Cleveland, Ilgauskas, unlike James, was cheered when the Heat made their return to Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last season. He appeared in 72 games in 2010-2011 despite dealing with an infection that reportedly caused his foot to double in size.

Ilgauskas picked up the $1.4 million player option on his contract in June and was entering the final year of his deal. He will forego that money by retiring. His departure would leave Miami even more thin in the middle. The only other centers expected to be on the Heat roster at the moment are Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman.
Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

Z should sign a one day contract with the cavs and retire as amember of  the cavs...... he should not have followed LeBozo to miami in the first place.Congrats  Z.....Cool



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:12 am
 

Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

Yes Ryanballa, Lebron should retire since after all he is a nobody in the basketball world, doesnt sell tickets (none the less jerseys) and most importantly he is only 26!

*scarcastic smilie*



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

enjoy your retirment Z. you overccame alot.



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

It is about time this guy retired maybe his boyfriend Lebron James will follow him like Z followed lebron to the Heat.We can only HOPE



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

woulda been better to see him stay in a cavs uniform.  thanks, z!!!  you were a great cav and are a better person!!!



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire

Would have been awesome to see him retire as a Celtic.


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