Ilgauskas Ad One Of Class, Dignity

I'm doing a bit of travelling, but this caught my attention and i wanted to comment.  The full-page ad taken out by former Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas was a statement of class and dignity.  It is why Z is so beloved in the city of Cleveland, and remain so, even as he wears another team's uniform.

For those who did not see it, enjoy:

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Dear Cleveland,

When I came to this country 14 years ago, I was a young man who barely spoke the language and had no idea what to expect of this great country. As I look back on those early days, I realize how lucky I was to have grown up in Cleveland. All of you have taught me the importance of family and friends; of pulling together to get things done; of loving your country. I've never felt as proud as when I've pulled on the Wine and Gold and stepped onto the court. I've tried my best to return that support by playing as hard as I could each and every game. The decision to play for Miami was not an easy one to make for either myself or my family. But as I enter the last few years of my career, I felt I owed it to myself and my family to chase my dream of winning an NBA championship. I hope you understand. I also hope you realize Cleveland will always be home to me.

With love and appreciation, Zydrunas "Z" Ilgauskas.

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