Sad news today, TBJers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is heading to the home for retired Bond villains. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Reed Boyer:

Former Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas tells the Plain Dealer he is retiring from the NBA after 13 seasons. [...] Ilgauskas: “Enough is enough. My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows when it’s time.” [...] More Z: “I want to spend more time with my family. I have spent the last 15 years living out of a suitcase.”

We’ll miss you and your tip-ins, Big Z. Tell Dr. No we all said hello.

Comments (11)

  1. i guess that money fixed his rash on his left shoulder.. I will miss big Z. he was a good player.

  2. If I didn’t know any better I’d say that his “Then” picture and the “Now” one are reversed. I know they aren’t but is it possible that Big Z was the inspiration for Benjamin Button?

  3. Wow. Incredible. This is very sad. He looked so much happier when he was in Cleveland.

  4. Translation: “Screw you Lebron, I can’t keep believing you’ll win a championship anytime soon”

  5. Look at that Miami tan.

  6. Good riddance, one of the most blatant ring chasers of recent times.

  7. Looks a lot younger to me, than when he was at Cleveland.

  8. Lets hope that the Cavs retire his jersey… And lets also hope that his smile comes out of retirement.

  9. @Sean Rodriguez
    I’m sorry, are you serious?
    The guy played 12 seasons with the Cavs, half of which were LeBronless… He goes for a ring for his last season (which even the Cavs fans were okay with) and he’s suddenly an asshole?
    He certainly isn’t a more blatant ring chaser than Shaq…
    You’ll rarely see a more loyal guy than Z… And I don’t even like him all that much…

  10. @Ben H.:

    I was thinking just the same :)) Hahaha


  11. Goodbye forever, Zydrunas Ilgauskas | The Basketball Jones | Blogs | has been added to my own bookmarks. I can not wait to read more about this subject.

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