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  1. Cavs broadcaster talks LeBron, Ilgauskas’ move to Miami

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas rests his head on the shoulder of LeBron James in Cleveland

    Joe Tait was the Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster for four decades, starting with when the NBA first dropped an expansion team in Cleveland to try and slow the growth of the ABA. Tait has a new book out about his recollections as a broadcaster, and of course there’s plenty of talk about LeBron James, something highlighted…

  2. Zydrunas Ilgauskas officially retires from NBA

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Lithuanian big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas is retiring from the NBA after 13 seasons, 12 of them anchoring he middle for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ilgauskas spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which tweeted his quotes. Ilgauskas: “enough is enough. My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows…

  3. Report: Cavaliers want to retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ number

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

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    When Zydrunas Ilgauskas — one of the most beloved players in Cleveland Cavaliers history — followed LeBron James to Miami, there was not any of the same animosity. In fact, they still want to honor the Lithuanian big man who spent 13 seasons with the Cavaliers by retiring his jersey. That’s the report from lithuaniabasketball.com.…

  4. Just so you know, Ilgauskas hasn’t made up his mind yet

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    A couple weeks ago, before the lockout kicked in, Zydrunas Ilgauskas picked up his $1.4 million option with the Miami Heat for next season. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play with the Heat. The floor-stretching center hasn’t decided yet, he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “If I play, it will be in Miami,”…

  5. Heat’s Riley expects Ilgauskas, Jones, and House to return

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

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    According to multiple sources, Heat president Pat Riley said earlier today that he expects veteran swingman James Jones and veteran guard Eddie House to pick up their player options for next season, which are worth a combined $2.66 million next season. Riley also said that he expects veteran center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has already picked…

  6. Ilgauskas picks up player option

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, veteran Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has decided to pick up his $1.4 million player option for next season. Ilgauskas started 51 games for the Heat last season, but was extremely ineffective in the playoffs and was essentially benched against Boston, Chicago, and Dallas. After the season, there had been…

  7. Zydrunas Ilgauskas considering retirement

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Via the twitter account of Chris Thomasson: Having talked to Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a while during conference finals and reading between lines, wouldn’t be surprised if he will retire. The 36-year old Ilgauskas was the starting center and a key part of the 66-win 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers, but his numbers fell off a cliff when…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Witnessing the ascension

    May 12, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    This was the dream. For all the criticism, the spontaneous hatred from people he never met in cities he’d never lived, for the questions and the scrutiny, this was what he had hoped for. When LeBron James decided to abandon the franchise that drafted him and pursue a team that didn’t think Wally Sczcerbiak/Ben Wallace/Mo…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Haslem returns to Heat for Game 4

    May 9, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 7:35 PM: Udonis Haslem not only was in uniform but got time starting in the second quarter for the Heat. He picked up two quick fouls, plus a technical foul for arguing the calls (the second was iffy). So, welcome back. 6:02 pm: The Miami Heat are up 2-1 on the Boston Celtics, but…

  10. Erik Spoelstra may tweak starting lineup. Finally.

    May 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Miami’s starting five has been a disaster these playoffs. The Heat are still winning games, but they are not going to continue doing that consistently playing out of a hole. So far in these playoffs, the starting five for the Heat — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Celtics bounce back, shut down the Heat

    May 7, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    It looks like the Miami-Boston series might just live up to the hype after all. After looking sluggish and over-matched in the first two games of the series, the Celtics were able to get a convincing 97-81 win over the Heat by doing what they do best: spreading the ball around on offense and playing lock-down defense.…

  12. Heat need to start Chalmers, Anthony against Celtics

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams

    The numbers do not lie — the Miami Heat’s starting five with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas was outscored by 39 points in the first round. By the 76ers starting five. Every game — including Game 5 — the Heat would fall behind quickly, but in four of the games the Heat’s substitutes stabilized them,…

  13. Wall suspended one game for Ilgauskas altercation

    Mar 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

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    The league has announced that Wizards guard John Wall will be suspended one game for his role in an altercation that caused Wall, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Juwan Howard to all be ejected from Wednesday’s Wizards-Heat game. Here is the league’s statement on the matter: Wall has been suspended for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, whichincluded…

  14. John Wall, Juwan Howard, Zydrunas Ilgauskas all ejected

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

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    John Wall, Juwan Howard, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have all just been ejected from the Heat-Wizards game. The initial incident occurred when Ilgauskas was holding the ball in the high post. Wall was attempting to swipe at the ball, and Ilgauskas gave Wall two quick elbows to the face for his trouble. In retaliation, Wall fired…

  15. Zydrunas Ilgauskas to return to Heat Sunday

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Friday we let you know of reports indicating Zydrunas Ilgauskas was on his way back to recovery from that grotesque foot injury he sustained when he stepped on a nail. Now comes word that ESPN reports Ilgauskas is expected to return to action Sunday against Houston for the first time in eight games. Ilgauskas’ return…

  16. Lakers at Heat: Five things to watch

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami wants Christmas in March. The Heat’s Christmas Day beat down of the Lakers was their signature win of the season. A few months later the Heat are just desperate for any win. Getting one against the Lakers would be that much more sweet. But to the dismay of the Heat and four-year-olds everywhere, Christmas…

  17. Report: Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire after this season

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is one of a large collection of big men that sit barely used on the Miami bench, clearly not having the trust of coach Erik Spoelstra. Big Z has played a total of 32 minutes in the Heat’s last five games, racking up 8 points. He told a Lithuanian paper that he is…

  18. The implications of Heat-Celtics III

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    For the first time this season, the Miami Heat will face the Boston Celtics with a better record.  But in the third meeting between the two best teams in the East, the Heat will need a significant amount of progress across all fronts in order to come away with their first victory over the Celtics.…

  19. LeBron James at center? Get used to it.

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    LeBron James has played plenty of power forward over the years. He’s played point guard (or de facto point guard, anyway), shooting guard and small forward, too. He’s done everything. Except play center. That was until Sunday, when he played it late in the Heat’s overtime victory against the Trail Blazers — and Miami outscored…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks try but the Heat outclass them

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching Tuesday night NFL football… The Spurs taking care of the Lakers was our game of the night. Heat 106, Knicks 98: The Heat jumped out early because of… Zydrunas Ilgauskas? Well of course, who did you expect? Big Z had 12 points and 9 boards in the first quarter as…

  21. New York vs. Miami: Defend the pick-and-roll and win.

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat run devastating pick-and-roll combinations — LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have been doing it for years, and now a few times a game LeBron is setting picks for Wade and that can be an unstoppable combination. After a slow start to the season, the Knicks Raymond Felton/Amare Stoudemire pick-and-roll has become a…

  22. Big Z is coming home to Cleveland, too. Not sure what to expect.

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    One of the legendary names of Cavaliers basketball, a guy who was part of the fabric of the community, is coming to town for the first time in another jersey on Thursday. And he’s not sure what the reception will be. No, not that guy. We’re talking about Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z spent a dozen…

  23. Report: Miami, Phoenix start talking to Erick Dampier again

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    The Erick Dampier free agency experiment really has defied easy explanation. He was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats back well before the season to save cash, that was a given. Then we expected he would latch on pretty quickly somewhere — he’s a serviceable backup big man who would play for near the minimum,…

  24. It’s official for Heat: Joel Anthony, Carlos Arroyo named starters

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Joel Anthony and Carlos Arroyo just became the two guys every team is going to try to attack. That’s because Monday Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made it official and named Anthony the starting center and Arroyo the staring point guard for the Heat, according to Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Nobody sane is going…

  25. Who plays center for Miami? A committee.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Who is the starting center for the Miami Heat? It was one of the big questions heading into training camp. There’s athletic but undersized Joel Anthony. There is Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who is not young but can still knock down the midrange. There is Jamaal Magloire who can bang. So who is it? How about all…

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