In the end, Zydrunas Ilgauskas didn’t want the pomp and circumstance of an in-game ceremony to mark the fact that he broke the Cavs’ record for playing in the most games. He just wanted to celebrate with the fans who’d been there for his 11 NBA seasons.
‘’That was one of the coolest things I experienced in my life and also the closest I’ve come to tears on the basketball floor,’’ he said.
But like any human being, he said that not playing in Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, which would have represented the record-breaking moment, disappointed him. Considering the fact that he lost his starting job and graciously moved to the bench without any qualms, it’s easy to see his point.
Ilgauskasdidn’t take questions from the media Wednesday, which leads one to believe that there’s a lot more to what happened in this situation.
‘’What made me more disappointed and upset were the acts that followed and this whole mess has been created. I’m not going to go into any details,’’ he said. ‘’Once again, I’m going to be a bigger man and walk away from this. I know that when I go to at night, my conscience is clear.’’
Ilgauskas said that life will go on for him: ‘’What I am going to continue to do is I am going to continue to do my job. I love this team; I love my teammates. They are like family to me. I am going to come every day to work and try my hardest, win some games and hopefully win a championship for this city because they deserve it.’’