A Real Reason to Celebrate

Brian Windhorst said in an article the other day that LeBron James hasn’t been in a very good mood since Cleveland traded away one of his closes friends, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, to the Wizards a week ago.

And Cleveland is hitting the road again on Thursday night to take on the Boston Celtics on TNT.  In the grand scheme of things, Thursday night’s game is just one of 82 regular season games for the Cavs.  It will certainly be an exciting contest and it’ll do its part in getting everyone pumped up.  And rightfully so.

But news just broke that Cavaliers fans can be even more excited about.  Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been bought out by the Washington Wizards and his agent, Herb Rudoy, expects the beloved big man to choose a team “by the end of the weekend.”

There is no doubt in my mind that Big Z will return to the Wine and Gold as soon as his 30 day waiver period is over.  No matter what anybody else says, it wouldn’t quite be the same watching Cleveland take him an NBA title without the one guy that has been most loyal to the city throughout his 11 year career.  It just wouldn’t.  It has been strange watching the last few regular season games without Big Z for me; I couldn’t imagine watching a Z-less Finals series.

Anyways, I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than by knocking off the Celtics (whom I dislike even more than the Magic) on their floor on Thursday night.  So smile Cleveland and smile LeBron. And let’s get ‘er done!

  • bobdevo

    This is good news for a number of reasons:

    1. Z’s length is going to he very important in any 7 game series with the Magic or the Lakers;

    2. An NBA championship without Z would be a little empty; and

    3. I like LeBron’s loyalty to his friends. He’s a pro and will play thru it – but there will be quite a celebration when Z returns

    • Patrick Allen

      There is no way that all this went down with out Biz Z knowing what was going to happen. He may not have been thrilled about it but if he is smart, and I know that he is, he knows the Cavs did what they did with every intention of bringing him back and making the team better.

  • http://www.cavfanatic.com/cnorman2?pref_tab=my_site Cody Norman

    There is no doubt in my mind that Z was informed of all of this prior to the deal being made but that doesn’t change anything. After 11 years of dedication to the franchise, they traded him because management thought it gave them a better chance at winning the title. I’m sure there’s some hard feelings right now but when he’s greeted with a standing ovation in about a month, it’ll all be forgotten.