Then remember how there was posturing that Ilgauskas didn't like being a pawn, and that maybe he'd not end up back with Cleveland? Yeah, well, that didn't happen. The big Lithuanian is back with the Cavs after a month off, and it seems like the Cavs are pretty stoked about that.
I'm having some serious laughs about this whole production. "Z's-land" instead of Cleveland is pretty clever. "J.J. Zickson," not so much. But it is funny, even if Anthony Parker(notes) is a bit of a party pooper for not getting Z-afied.
And it's not just the management trying to make it up to him for associating him with the Wizards during their season from hell — fans are getting in to the celebration as well, mostly with novelty t-shirts.
On the left, Homage Clothing's "welcome back" offering, which calls back to the horrible uniforms Ilgauskas wore as a hair-having rookie. And on the right, Fresh Brewed Tees' pun-ariffic riff on Zydrunas' return. Advantage, Homage Clothing.
All in all, it's a fun tribute to a fan favorite, even if it is a bit silly considering he's just a backup center who was gone for a month. Then again, if Brad Miller(notes) disappeared for 30 days, then returned to the Bulls I'd probably get his face tattooed on my neck.