A Cleveland radio sports talk show host is claiming that former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will end a three-year retirement to rejoin the team for this upcoming season.
Tony Rizzo of ESPN Cleveland radio reported that Ilgauskas will return to play for the franchise if he is medically cleared. The 7-3 center would only play 10-15 minutes per night, and would not play in back to back contests.
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) August 25, 2014
Ilgauskas and LeBron James have had a close relationship since James was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003. Ilgauskas followed James to Miami after the latter’s controversial departure in 2010, but then retired the next year. Last season, James personally came to be a part of the ceremony in which Ilgauskas’ number was retired by the Cavaliers.
Early in his 12-season career with Cleveland, Ilgauskas was plagued by foot injuries that threatened to end his then-fledgling career. However, he recovered to play in two All Star games in 2003 and 2005. In that latter season, he led the NBA in offensive rebounds with 299.
In reality, the strong whiff of a public relations stunt permeates the air with this declaration. This morning, Rizzo began a new format in which he is now a solo host of the radio program. What better way to draw attention to his new show than to make a bold claim about one of the most popular players even to don a Cavalier uniform.