TAG: Zydrunas Ilgauskas

NBA, Smack / Mar 9, 2014 / 7:34 pm

Report: The Cavs Still Think They Can Lure LeBron

LeBron James, Tristan Thompson

LeBron James, Tristan Thompson (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Since LeBron James left Cleveland after the nationally televised debacle known simply as “The Decision,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent a letter to fans bathed in bitterness. Since that time, cooler heads have prevailed, and now the Cavs still think they can land LeBron; except, the firing of former GM Chris Grant and the subsequently morose Zydrunas Ilgauskas may have opened the same wounds that made James’ return to Ohio completely untenable. Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 9, 2014 / 12:31 am

Cavs Honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas During Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

We always thought of him as the gentle giant because at 7-3 he was bigger than just about everyone while also displaying a kindness that can often allude some of the monsters of the NBA’s paint. On Saturday night, the Cavs raised the No. 11 jersey for Zydrunas Illgauskas making him the seventh player in Cleveland history with the distinction. Read More »

NBA / Aug 19, 2013 / 3:15 pm

The 30 Best Players Born Outside Of The States In NBA History

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Nike Basketball)

The NBA is always loaded with incredible talent. Players come from all over the world, and the best part about the NBA’s diversity is that some of the best talent the league comes from many different countries. Dime thought it would be appropriate to rank some of the best talent born outside of the States in NBA history. Read More »

NBA / Aug 7, 2013 / 1:45 pm

The 30 Best NBA Careers Ruined By Injury

Tracy McGrady

The NBA sees a lot of talent come in and out at a rapid pace. Some players make it and become legends, but others are not as fortunate. Throughout the history of the league, there have been players that have an unlimited amount of skill and potential, but constant injuries slow them down. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 25, 2013 / 11:45 am

5 Big Reasons Why Cleveland Might Take Alex Len No. 1 Overall In The NBA Draft

Alex Len

Alex Len (photo. Greg Fiume/Maryland Athletics)

Injury prone or not, Alex Len can bang with the best of them in college basketball. Len proved his dominance this season, averaging 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while recording a PER of 24.04. These are some impressive numbers for the 7-1 Ukraine center. Read More »

Smack / Oct 1, 2011 / 12:00 am

Rashard Lewis: Taking It Back To Seattle

Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis

You know those players who over time fail to live up to their deal and by the end of it – speaking of the last year or two – when their trade value spikes and they’re referred to as “So and so’s contract?” Well, that’s sort of where Rashard Lewis is. He’ll be the second-highest paid player in the league next season, and for the last year or so hasn’t looked at all like the guy who once regularly dropped 20 a night in Seattle, or even the three-point specialist during his first run in Orlando. Injuries have played a big part. The situation with the lockout has put added attention onto the contract of a guy who has become the very definition of a one-dimensional player. Lewis is promising next year won’t be like that. He’s working out, showed more explosiveness in the Impact League and even had platelet rich plasma treatment in March. Read More »

Smack / Jun 23, 2011 / 12:58 am

NBA Draft Rumors Are In A Frenzy; Minnesota To Fire Kurt Rambis

Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette (photo. Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

‘Twas the night before the draft and all through the league, not a player was safe, not even Jeff Teague. Yeah so we were pretty close to writing this entire edition of Smack in rhyme. That would’ve been a disaster (we’re already not crazy about that opening). But anyway, yes it is that time of year again – that last 24 hours where every GM gets all polished up, floats almost every player on their roster and lies to the media about it. We think it’s all pretty awesome, especially with the added pressure of the lockout. Read More »

NBA / Jun 1, 2011 / 2:30 pm

The Top 5 Reasons This Isn’t The 2006 NBA Finals

2006 NBA Finals

2006 NBA Finals

Many things were different in 2006. Our president was still white, Osama still roamed the deserts and no one had even heard of Soulja Boy. Yet, the NBA was still as competitive as ever as the upstart Miami Heat took on the Dallas Mavericks in a wild six-game series. Five years later, as the two teams hook up again in the Finals, we take a look at the top 5 reasons why the 2011 Finals is not the 2006 Finals. Read More »

NBA / May 31, 2011 / 10:00 am

If LeBron Wins The Title, Don’t Delegitimize The Accomplishment

LeBron James

LeBron James, Dime #58

On July 8th of last year, LeBron James announced in front of a national audience on ESPN, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach.” That announcement unleashed a strong legion of “haters” – primarily from Cleveland – but with members all over the country. These haters are people who suddenly became fervently anti-LeBron for a variety of reasons: “The Decision” was a slap in the face to Cleveland, he’s a coward who can’t win without Dwyane Wade, he turned his back on a city that adored him, and the list goes on and on. I must admit, I am one of those people. Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 31, 2011 / 10:30 am

John Wall vs Zydrunas Ilgauskas Fight

We mentioned it in Smack this morning – John Wall and Big Z sort of got into it last night in Washington. You can’t really call this a “fight,” because Zydrunas seems fairly amused by the whole thing and he doesn’t really fight back, even after Wall delivers a serious right-handed body blow to his rib cage.

Afterward, this is what Wall had to say about the skirmish: Read More »