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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Z's night

Cavs blog by Bob Finnan

With eight rebounds on Tuesday, center Zydrunas Ilgauskas moved into second place on the Cavs' all-time list with 4,673. He moved past John "Hot Rod" Williams, who had 4,669.

He trails only Brad Daughterty, who had 5,227 in his career.

I couldn't help but think back to Williams, who was drafted in 1985, but forced to sit out a season for point shaving at LSU. His first year in the NBA was in '86. He became a free agent in the late '80s (perhaps '88), and signed a lucrative offer sheet with the Miami Heat (the Cavs' opponent on Tuesday).

The offer sheet was worth about $24 million over four years. The first year of the deal was worth more than Bulls star Michael Jordan was earning at the time.

The great quote that came out of it was when Hot Rod was tracked down by a reporter, he replied, "I'm a Heat."

Of course, he never played for Miami. The Cavs matched the offer for the forward/center, which threw the team's salary cap totally out of wack for quite some time.


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