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Former Cavs Player Now With Heat Takes Out Ad In Cleveland Paper Thanking Fans

Now, I’m not trying to blow your mind on a Monday as you try to start off your week on a good note, but shockingly, said former Cleveland Cavaliers player who will play for the Miami Heat next season that took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was not LeBron James.

(head asplodes)

I know, I know, right? Crazy stuff. Instead, it was longtime Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas who ponied up the cash to personally thank the fans and the community of Cleveland for all their support during the twelve years he spent “pulling on the wine and gold” and stepping “onto the court.”

Here’s the ad which should show LeBron James a thing or two about the right way to treat people who have supported you over the years:

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Nice. A lot of people argue that when a player does something like this that it has all the appearances of being a contrived effort to pacify former fans into not hating said player for moving on to greener pastures. I argue it is the epitome of class to do something like this and I am sure the fans of Cleveland appreciate the fact that Ilgauskas took the time (and spent the money) to show his appreciation. A classy move by a classy guy.

All I know is the next time Ilgauskas is in Cleveland, he won’t have to worry about getting ripped on roadside billboards, like LeBron does. Knowing that you left a community which supported you on good terms – and the comments left by fans on the Plain Dealer‘s article surely indicate that – is sure to warm the cockles of any professional athlete’s heart.  Not that LeBron James has ever shown any indication that he has a heart or anything.


Ilgauskas thanks Cavs fans for support [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
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