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Zydrunas Ilgauskas retires from NBA

Updated: September 30, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

A succession of foot surgeries nearly brought a premature end to Zydrunas Ilgauskas' basketball career. On Friday, he announced his departure from the game on his own terms.

Ilgauskas was on the brink of forced retirement 11 years ago after five foot surgeries had mentally drained him. But he vowed to give it one more chance after a radical reconstructive surgery. As a result, he was able to reach two NBA Finals and two All-Star Games and retire after 13 seasons.

He announced ...

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