Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel shared a promotional photo of what's sure to be a memorable night for Cavs fans.
Cavaliers to retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 on March 8th vs.Knicks. He finshed career with Heat. pic.twitter.com/GHvDFCoLt8— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) October 21, 2013
Ilgauskas played a dozen seasons with Cleveland from 1997-98 to 2009-10. Though much of his early career was lost to a series of foot injuries, the Lithuanian big man beat the odds and strung together enough healthy seasons to make a real mark in Cleveland's record books.
The big man managed to stick around on the strength of his mid-range jumper and consistently excellent rebound rate. At 7'3", Big Z barely had to get off the floor to corral his boards, which was a good thing because the numerous foot surgeries he endured rendered him one of the more earth-bound NBA players in memory.
On rare, delightful occasions, he even got a little creative despite his limited athleticism.
No other Cavalier in franchise history has more career rebounds, blocks or games played, per Basketball-Reference.com. And only LeBron James, whom Ilgauskas followed to the Miami Heat in 2010-11, scored more career points for Cleveland.
Widely regarded as one of the NBA's all-time "good guys," Ilgauskas is sure to receive a deafening ovation when the Cavs hoist his No. 11 to the rafters.