"Zydrunasrepresents the very best of how any sports franchise would hope to berepresented," said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. "He was ahard working competitor who persevered, was dedicated, inspiring, and was agreat teammate. As good as he was on the court, he was just as good off thecourt and in our community. Everyone that knows Z also knows that heis a kind-hearted, fun-loving and honorable person. He has beena colleague, mentor and friend to many people in the Cavaliers family andwe are extremely happy and grateful that he was, is, and always willbe a Cleveland Cavalier. His jersey hanging in The Q will be apermanent reflection of all that he has meant to the entire organizationand Cleveland."
Ilgauskas, who is currently a special assistant to ChrisGrant, has stamped his name throughout the Cavaliers record books and wasa core part of some of the most successful teams in Cavs history. Whileranking in the top five of numerous statistical categories, Z is theall-time franchise leader in games played (771), offensive rebounds(2,336), total rebounds (5,904) and blocks (1,269) while ranking second inpoints scored (10,616).