Zydrunas Ilguaskas announced his retirement today, which seemed to be inevitable after being sidelined with injuries for most of last season in Miami.
I wrote a bit more on this over at Crossover Chronicles after The Plain Dealer broke the news on Twitter Friday morning if you’re interested, but below is what Big Z went on to tell Tom Reed of the PD later on in the day.
This from Tom Reed / The Plain Dealer:
“Enough is enough,” Ilgauskas said. “My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows when it’s time. I want to spend more time with my family. I have spent the past 15 years living out of a suitcase. It’s time.”
“I will always think of Cleveland as my home, this was my kids’ first home. There are so many great memories here and I was lucky to play in one place for so long. To experience so many lows and then so many highs was special. There were the division titles and the conference championship. The early disappointments made the winning that much better.”
“I really enjoyed those [Eastern Conference Final] years, but I would tell the young guys not to take anything for granted. We made those trips to the playoffs and had all those national TV games, but nothing lasts forever. I was there when the arena was empty. I can appreciate the whole experience now.”
I enjoyed those years too Z, we all did. And you’re certainly right about not taking anything for granted too. Congrats on the retirement big fella.
For more on Z’s retirement click here: Zydrunas Ilgauskas Officially Retirement