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Cavs to retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey

By Royce Young | NBA writer

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The Cavs will retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas No. 11'. (USATSI )

Big Z, you will soon officially be Cleveland sports royalty.

The Cavaliers will retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey March 8 against the New York Knicks, according to Cleveland.com.

Ilgauskas played in 771 games for the Cavs, a team record, and is the all-time leader in rebounds (5,904), offensive rebounds (2,336) and blocks (1,269). He was named to two All-Star teams with the Cavs and serves now as a special assistant general manager to Chris Grant.

Ilgauskas will be the seventh Cavalier to have his jersey retired joining Mark Price (25), Nate Thurmond (42), Bingo Smith (7), Austin Carr (34), Larry Nance (22) and Brad Daugherty (43).

Ilgauskas spent 13 seasons with the Cavs, missing one because of a foot injury), and played for the Heat in his final season in 2010-11.

 
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