Before playing with legends like Dwyane Wade or Anthony Davis, LeBron James exploded onto the front of the stage alongside Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The former All-Star has unfortunately just received terrible news, and the Cavaliers have already reacted, with class.
LeBron James was lucky in his career, he almost always knew how to surround himself with great players. Whether in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, during his second stint in Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, or in Los Angeles with Anthony Davis, the King has formed some historically good duos and trios that fans won’t soon forget.
But before all these legends, during his debut with the Cavaliers, it was with Zydrunas Ilgauskas that he traumatized the league. The pivot was a two-time All-Star, a valiant lieutenant, so he will always hold a special place in LeBron James’ heart, even if they both fell short of a title shot. It must be said that they were quite alone, especially during the 2007 Finals against Spurs.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas mourning the death of his wife
Unfortunately, the official website of the Cavaliers tells us that the Lithuanian is currently going through a particularly difficult period, since he has just lost his wife Jennifer, aged only 50… An entire franchise is in mourning, and the president of basketball operations Koby Altman made a point of sending all its support to this legend of Cleveland.
We wanted to send our sincere condolences to the Ilgauskas family and to recognize their pain. All of our thoughts and prayers today go out to the Ilgauskas family, to the two sons of Zydrunas and Jennifer, and we know this is a very, very difficult time. We wish them all the best, and once again, our hearts are with them.
At 47, Zydrunas Ilgauskas will have to relearn how to live without his wife, to whom he had been married since 2004… A period that could be very difficult for him, his family, but also for the entire city of Cleveland, since Jennifer was at the head of many companies in the field of health, such as a center for physiotherapists or an emergency establishment… The words of his family towards him on the mourning notebook say it all:
Jennifer approached her professional career with a visionary, altruistic outlook. She had a big heart. She was very attentive to everyone who worked for her, her door was always open if anyone felt the need to talk. She was generous with her time, generous financially, and always gave good advice. Her husband and children were her priority.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas has just lost his wife, his two sons have just lost their mother, and the whole city of Cleveland has just lost a boss who made health a good accessible to all. The former All-Star can count on the help of the Cavaliers in this difficult period.