Cavaliers to Retire Big Z’s #11
It’s been hinted at for a while, but rookie Kyrie Irving recently spilled the beans that the Cavaliers will be retiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ #11 jersey if/when the 2011-2012 season starts up. Drafted in the 1996, Big Z has played all but one season of his career with the Cavaliers (we won’t mention where he played that last season) and was the face of the Cavaliers during the transition from the Daugherty/Price/Nance era to the LeBron James era. His 14 year career with the Cavaliers started off shaky, with chronic foot injuries and problems sidelining him for most of the ‘90’s and early 2000’s but despite that, Big Z raked in an impressive amount of awards during his time with the Cavaliers and is the franchise leader in many categories.
Individual Awards
NBA All Rookie First Team - 1997
NBA Rookie Challenge - 1998 (MVP)
NBA All-Star Game - 2003 & 2005
Franchise Awards
Games Played (771)
Games Started (673)
Offensive Rebounds (2,336 total, 3.2 per game)
Total Rebounds (5,904)
Blocked Shots (1,296)
Personal Fouls (2,591)
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Cavaliers to Retire Big Z’s #11

It’s been hinted at for a while, but rookie Kyrie Irving recently spilled the beans that the Cavaliers will be retiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ #11 jersey if/when the 2011-2012 season starts up. Drafted in the 1996, Big Z has played all but one season of his career with the Cavaliers (we won’t mention where he played that last season) and was the face of the Cavaliers during the transition from the Daugherty/Price/Nance era to the LeBron James era. His 14 year career with the Cavaliers started off shaky, with chronic foot injuries and problems sidelining him for most of the ‘90’s and early 2000’s but despite that, Big Z raked in an impressive amount of awards during his time with the Cavaliers and is the franchise leader in many categories.

Individual Awards

  • NBA All Rookie First Team - 1997
  • NBA Rookie Challenge - 1998 (MVP)
  • NBA All-Star Game - 2003 & 2005

Franchise Awards

  • Games Played (771)
  • Games Started (673)
  • Offensive Rebounds (2,336 total, 3.2 per game)
  • Total Rebounds (5,904)
  • Blocked Shots (1,296)
  • Personal Fouls (2,591)

@HammerDownBlog