Cavs Deny Zydrunas Ilgauskas a Chance to Play in Olympics

The Lithuanian National basketball team was dealt a blow yesterday when the Cleveland Cavaliers shot down the dreams of their star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The Cavs were afraid of taking the risk of Ilgauskas playing for his home country in this summer's Olympic games because they felt the oft injured big man was to risky to playing in the games that will be held in China.

The Akron Beacon Journal quoted Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry saying:

''Zydrunas is an important member of our team and has generally been a higher risk player due to his injury history. We declined consent for Zydrunas to play in the Olympics when he approached us several weeks ago, and in light of the inability to insure Zydrunas adequately, we continue to deny consent and will not permit Zydrunas to play in the 2008 Olympics.''

One of the big problems with Ilgauskas' contract is that it is not insured. The 7' 3" giant has had numerous problems with his feet and as been hindered with a bad back in recent years. Z had said that he really wanted to play for Lithuania this summer and the country lobbied the NBA team hard but to no avail.