I have been a Cavs fan for a very long time. Since the beginning, actually.
Wednesday was, at least for me, a very, very sad day. Zydrunas was sent to the Wizards. Big Z has been a Cav for... I think it's been twelve years now.
I have read stories on Cleveland.com about how Z met his wife. The story of how they met, and how their friendship grew... brought tears of joy to my eyes. Yeah... I'm a big "softie."
I have always really liked the guy. I even wonder... since Ilgauskas is Lithuanian, and my father was full Lithuanian... we might even be related. (If so... I wonder why I'm not taller... LOL)
Last night... Thursday, the Cavs played the Nuggets. They lost... in overtime... 118-116. It was their first loss in FOURTEEN games. It was also their first game without Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
I honestly, truly believe that the Cavs would NOT have lost to Denver if Z was in the game. The Cavs got creamed in the first quarter. Z usually plays the last half of the first quarter... and that has been when the Cavs usually step on the gas... and "power past" their opponent.
Sure... I am upset that the Cavs lost last night... but personally... I think Zydrunas is/was the "heart" of the Cavs... and I will sincerely miss him. Good Luck Z... may the Force be with you.