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Cavs continue lottery luck, get No. 1 pick again

Cavaliers Get Top Pick For 2nd Straight Year


BY BRIAN MAHONEY
AP BASKETBALL WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their remarkable lottery luck Tuesday, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year.

It's the third time in four years the Cavs will be atop the draft after moving up from the ninth spot. They had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection.

They drafted Kyrie Irving first in 2011 and will hope to do better with this win than last year, when they took Anthony Bennett, who had a forgettable rookie season.

Even changing up their lottery representative couldn't change the Cavs' luck. Nick Gilbert, the son of Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, was on the podium for the previous two wins, but general manager David Griffin was there this time.

Griffin was carrying one of Nick Gilbert's bowties, and it was as lucky in his breast pocket as it was with Nick wearing it.

The Cavs can now choose among the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Duke's Jabari Parker, or another player from what's considered a deep draft.

The Milwaukee Bucks fell one spot to second and the Philadelphia 76ers will draft third. The Bucks had a 25 percent chance of winning after a league-worst 15-67 record, but the team with the best odds hasn't won since 2004.

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jeb22jb May 20 2014 at 10:07 PM

The fix was in.

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loganmiley May 20 2014 at 10:04 PM

the nbais just a group of bullies now nothing more. They ganged up on the clippers owner and are making hime sell his team. Just cause he said a couple of rude things about a black person. shame on them.

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rjen164497 May 21 2014 at 6:49 AM

Do you think Ghetto Ball is on the up and up? It's right up there with Roller Derby and Wrestling. It certainly is the most racist of the three.

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ferrariqx rjen164497 May 21 2014 at 9:31 AM

Ahhhh..... a fine example of the poor state of education in our society today. Too stupid to understand what is racism.

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teeveequeen ferrariqx May 21 2014 at 11:23 AM

let me ask you this about racism ...

how many WHITE people rioted out in the streets over OJ Simpson's acquittal?

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patriot1too May 21 2014 at 6:13 AM

When the NBA did that awful reverse discrimination against Mr. Sterling playing that politicaly correct scheme on the fans we decided that their basketball was no longer important at all. Shame on them.

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ferrariqx patriot1too May 21 2014 at 9:30 AM

Why do whites call alleged discrimination against white people "reverse discrimination?"

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Joe ferrariqx May 21 2014 at 9:37 AM

I guess they are not bright enough to see it is just discrimination, regardless of who it is directed at.

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Pop Pop ferrariqx May 21 2014 at 1:37 PM

Those whites intended to discriminate against black people but instead discriminated against white people. Instead of saying "oops!", they just call it reverse discrimination.

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tonden123 May 21 2014 at 1:12 AM

Lebron will opt out and resign with the Cavs.....U heard it here first

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Thomas Rhodes May 21 2014 at 1:02 AM

Smitty, He wasnt just some guy making a rude comment. It was way beyond rude and hes a friggen owner. If thats even close to whats in his head get rid of the bum

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barweight Thomas Rhodes May 21 2014 at 8:37 AM

so, you say we have no rights to our opions, you have to be a liberal or democrat(there is no difference) its all ditatorship

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Bubba barweight May 21 2014 at 1:01 PM

You have the right to your opinion, but when you are a part of an organization then you must follow their rules. I can't go into my workplace and say whatever I please, and I wouldn't want it any other way. It is not a "ditatorship" (dictatorship); it's rules that are intended to create a safe environment for everyone.

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steves1709 May 20 2014 at 10:24 PM

Hmm... perhaps they can draft a head coach that can get more out of a reasonably talented team...?

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Tina Lee May 21 2014 at 12:23 AM

Just goes to show that everything in the NBA is fixed, from the lottery picks to the officiating, especially the latter.

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rockofloveusa1 May 20 2014 at 10:30 PM

it was a fix because all owner said no way la clipper get one in the next 20 years

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toneitup May 21 2014 at 11:54 AM

Let me geuss the clippers are last pick?

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TOP GUN STAN toneitup May 21 2014 at 1:49 PM

Like any other buisness the NBA is filled with nothing but crooks. They should all be doing jail time, and Silver is on top of the list.

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