“I think I’ve had enough of this game. I’ve played enough. Sitting on the bench doing nothing is not what I want to do. The long trips and the intensive schedule have taken its toll – I’m not a 20-year-old anymore and my body is telling me that it would be the right time to retire from NBA after this season. I have given everything I could to basketball and now I’d like to spend more time with my family,” Ilgauskas told alietuvis.com after the Heat lost to the Chicago Bulls, led by the super-athletic point guard Derrick Rose.
Having come to Miami in hopes of finally winning the NBA rings, Big Z is looking at things as simply as possible and trying to help his teammates reach the path to victory every way that he can.
“If I was younger, I might have had a problem with not
playing, but with fewer minutes, I can keep my body rested. I’m just doing my
job and doing what’s best for my team. I need to take care of my health and I
can do that with less playing time. There are younger guys in our team, who can
bring some energy. As a player, I just need to be ready to play and help my
teammates and that’s really all I can do,” said Ilgauskas.
Simonas Baranauskas is the senior writer for LithuaniaBasketball.com. You can follow him on twitter at @LithuaniaBasket. Information from alietuvis.lt was used in the article.