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Cavs To Retire #11 on March 8th, 2014

Discussion in 'Cavs Talk' started by Pyro, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Pyro

    Pyro Banned

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    http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/team/1382378404-348-927/cleveland-cavaliers-will-retire-zydrunas.html

     
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  2. KI4MVP

    KI4MVP formerly LJ4MVP

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    I'm definitely going to that game
     
  3. shoes22

    shoes22 All-Star

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    I'm sure most people's thoughts are "What took them so long?"
     
  4. Binkster

    Binkster NBA Starter

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    It's nice and certainly deserved.

    That said, the Cavaliers further increase their hold on their title: "Team with most retired numbers that has never won an NBA Championship."
     
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  5. Dr. Gymbo

    Dr. Gymbo Resident Microbiologist

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    Definitely going. Huge plus is that it's on my birthday.
     
  6. Rob

    Rob Best of the Land

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    This was one of the games I was debating on going to in March. Makes it an easy choice now.
     
  7. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Why is Nate Thurmond's number retired? IIRC he only played two seasons with the Cavs, but he was way before my time so I don't know if he did anything special.
     
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    MoFlo Administrator Staff Member

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    Chris Grant on Z:

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Grant: &quot;His jersey hanging in The Q will be a permanent reflection of all that he has meant to the entire organization and Cleveland.&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) <a href="https://twitter.com/WFNYScott/statuses/392388796677095424">October 21, 2013</a></blockquote>
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    Dan Gilbert on Z:

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dan Gilbert: &quot;Zydrunas Ilgauskas is not only one of the best basketball players to ever wear a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform...&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) <a href="https://twitter.com/WFNYScott/statuses/392389041754476545">October 21, 2013</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;...he is also one of the finest human beings that has ever been associated with the franchise.&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) <a href="https://twitter.com/WFNYScott/statuses/392389164815364096">October 21, 2013</a></blockquote>
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  11. rabman_gold

    rabman_gold Anti-Florida yet stuck here...

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    Sometimes it's hard to explain these situations to misinformed fans, but someone like Nate Thurmond wasn't about a long career here.

    It was his impact. He was a sole reason the Miracle of Richfield could even be considered today one of the best things in Cleveland history. It gave Clevelanders hope. Similar to Mark Acquire giving the pistons a championship, that's the type of impact that Nate had. We were up perennial contender, if only for one season.
     
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    Be Nimble I enjoy pancakes

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    I don't think he deserves to have it retired. They should only retire the numbers of legends. He made the all-star game twice, and barely played in the one game because he didn't belong in it. I bet if he didn't have any foot surgeries, he wouldn't be getting his number retired. 13 ppg and 7 rpg average. I'm fully expecting Varejao to have his his number retired now.
     
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    If he didn't have any foot injuries, he would have done better than two all-star games and would have done even better for the franchise.
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VXZXGB9Xxs

    Starting at 5:45, Austin Carr talks about Nate's influence on the team in the miracle year...

    He propably means the game on December 19, 1975 in which the Cavs were down by only 10 at halftime (as opposed to being down by 20) and beat the Suns by 10 in the 2nd half to force overtime which they won...
     
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    Big Z is getting his number retired for equal parts of his play and the way he loved the city. He was a pros pro and saw our team go through some pretty dark times and still stuck with us. In my lifetime, there is no Cav who deserves to have his number retired more than Z, even LBJ.
     
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    say what you want about Lebron...yes he is a prick and screwed us over pretty good...but I still get chills when I see the video of Z and Lebron hugging each other after we the made the finals...that was an awesome moment
     
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    Accolades aren't the only thing teams look for in retiring jerseys, sometimes it's what the individual meant to the organization/city.

    He went above & beyond to keep coming back and doing whatever he could to repay the organization for putting so much faith & $ in him. He could've easily just taken the $ and ran after the first couple surgeries, but he battled and played through constant pain in order to give back.
     
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    wuck Hustling on the inside Staff Member

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    Maybe it's just me, but I don't want Mike Brown to be given any responsibilities whatsoever related to making things go right on this big night for Z.

    :dunno:
     
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    Congrats to Z.
    Can we now retire World B. Free and player/coach Lenny Wilkens?
    Both had a big impact on the history of this franchise.
     
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    Varejao deserves to have his number retired. Not for any specific accolade of his, or our team..... but because he plays the game the way everybody ought to. He's THE epitome of intensity on the basketball court. Varejao is a warrior, I'm not telling my kids to play like LeBron.... I'm making them study tape of Varejao..... But hey that's just me.
     
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