Great to have #11 retired into the rafters. Cavs all time leader in rebounds, blocks, and games played. Second in points. You don't see a lot of athletes today that are quiet, humble, and actually seem thankful for their position as a (rich) professional athlete. He never gave the Cavs organization any problems.
Although he was only an all star twice, his stable presence meant so much to Cleveland. He's one of those guys that will never be the first or second best player on a championship team but a solid third option and a guy the fans love.
Question: For Cavs fans Z means a lot more to them than the rest of the league due to longevity and popularity...who's a guy from your team that you or your city feels similarly toward?
Rik Smits is loved in Indianapolis
Horace Grant- it actually hurt my soul to see him play against us in an Orlando jersey
Stacey King- Not so much for his play, but mainly for him making watching Bulls games on WGN fun. His catchphrases are so good that he has them on his own clothing line. I couldn't stand listening to Johnny Kerr, but now I watch almost every game.
As a Phoenix fan, I'll always have a lot of love for Steve Nash.
Nick Collinson is a good call for the Thunder. Outside of the obvious choices like Kobe in LA, Dirk in Dallas, anyone of the big 3 in San Antonio and D-Wade in Miami, I'd throw in Udonis Haslem in Miami as someone the fans really like.
Big Z was one of the games good guys who after missing a lot of his early career through injuries returned and reached all star level on the LeBron era Cleveland team. It was a pity that he didn't play on another year in Miami as he would have finally got that elusive championship.
Raptors love MoPete, Alvin Williams, Oakley and especially JYD!!
Gotta show some love for ostertag
Fans have always loved those almost All-Star players who have given all for the franchise and/or have come up big when needed. Players that spring to mind:
Atlanta - Mookie Blaylock / Spud Webb
Chicago - Derek Harper / Steve Kerr / Deng
Cleveland - Mark Price
Dallas - Michael Finley
Detroit - Billups / Ben Wallace / Rip
Lakers - Eddie Jones
Memphis - Tony Allen
Miami - Juwan Howard
Oklahoma - Sefolosha
Orlando - Nick Anderson
Philly - Eric Snow
Phoenix - Grant Hill
Portland - Nicolas Batum
Sacramento - Divac
Seattle - Schrempf
Utah - Hornacek
Any fans of these teams think I've made a bad call? Let me know...
Just one, I think you meant Ron Harper instead of Derek Harper for the Bulls but other than that a solid list
Tayshaun Prince would be hugely respected in Detroit I'd imagine when he returns there with Memphis.
Obviously Reggie Miller is adored in Indy, but yeah, Rick Smits is popular, Mark Jackson is pretty popular among people who remember his days as the Pacers point guard. Jeff Foster and Austin Croshere, as well
Jeff Foster with the Pacers is a good call by ProundGrandpa, an unsung player who was a roster regular for several years and did a lot of the donkey work often from the bench.
Another who sprang to mind just is Matt Bonner at the Spurs, he's been a great rotation player for 8 seasons now and has a unique 3 point shooting range for a big man. Interestingly he is 13th on 3 point shooting career percentage list, a very impressive stat especially for a big guy.