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Cavaliers bask in another lottery victory

May 21, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

NBA Draft Lottery Basketball

Two years ago, Nick Gilbert made famous his catch phrase – “What’s not to like?” – when his father’s Cavaliers won the NBA Draft lottery with Nick as the team’s on-stage representative.

Since, Nick has been asked many times, “What’s not to like?” by interviewers who expect a response without considering that the phrase is rhetorical. Nick was asked the question again Tuesday night at the 2013 lottery, and for the first time, I heard him give a good response to the inherently impossible-to-answer question.

“Well, where I’m at now is the lottery,” Nick said.

Nick’s first lucky break, which resulted in Kyrie Irving, hasn’t helped the Cavaliers escape the dredges of the NBA. But Nick was all business Tuesday in doing his best to help Cleveland get another boost.

Once the top three picks were revealed to belong to the Cavaliers, Wizards and Magic, their representatives left their podiums and stood next to each other as ESPN’s cameras zoomed in on each individually.

Nick held a straight face as long as he could before smiling. Washington’s Bradley Beal also tried to keep a straight face, but he succumbed to smiling even sooner than Nick did. Pat Williams, who had already won the lottery twice with the Magic, immediately flashed a huge grin and gave two thumbs up.

Of course, the Cavaliers won, and Nick dropped any hints of sternness. He celebrated with large group of Clevelanders and honorary Clevelanders, most of them sporting bowties and some, including Dan Gilbert, wearing gaudy wine-red blazers with a Cavaliers logo.

“We’re going to be right back in it next year in a big way,” Dan Gilbert said with one arm around Nick.

Just behind that embrace, Tate Moore fiddled nervously with his phone.

Moore won a Cavaliers contest by submitting a video that explained why he would bring luck to the Cavaliers, earning  a trip to New York with the Cleveland contingent. Now, he was trying to use his phone to take a photo, but a non-stop flood of tweets and texts prevented the device from having any use.

The lone break in Cleveland’s good fortune didn’t last long, as Moore was fortunate enough to find someone who could help with his phone. Is he really as luck as he said in his video, or was it an act?

“Going into it, I would say I would do anything to win a contest,” Moore said. “But, hey, I came here, and we won the lottery. So, maybe it is true.”

Even on the flight to New York, Moore and Nick Gilbert routed a couple media members in euchre, a card game we like to play in Ohio, Michigan and Canada.

“Me and Nick, we can’t be beat,” Moore said.

Cleveland can’t win Super Bowls, World Series or NBA Championships. But the city sure can win lotteries.

Posing for pictures, Nick held up two index fingers to signify the Cavaliers’ two No. 1 picks in the last there years.

After the festivities died down, Pat Williams sat to the side of the studio with nobody at his side, hunched over and tuckered out. Bradley Beal hid in a corner behind some cameras to type on his phone.

And, somewhere, Nick Gilbert was smiling without any attempt to stifle it.

  1. fanatics0000 - May 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Completely sad. Thank you LeBitch

  2. spthegr8 - May 22, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Don’t bask TOO much. I mean the fact that your ALWAYS in the Draft Lottery ISN’T something to brag about. I’m not hating on them. I’m just saying!!!!

  3. spthegr8 - May 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I mean, after all these Draft Lottery’s Dan’s been @. I’m starting too wonder if he has a parking space there??????? Alright that was the last one. I’m done!!

  4. 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Congrats you won the rights to draft the best player in college basketball for 2013:

    Brittany Griner.

  5. chex1868 - May 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    See you next year Nick Gilbert!

  6. rayray52 - May 22, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    He’s gonna be in the same situation for about the next 5 years unless Lebron comes back

  7. wwttww - May 22, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Nobody stays in Cleveland. Nobody.

  8. khmerson562 - May 22, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Frozen envelope

  9. benrob99 - May 22, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    4th quarter with the line of the night.

  10. rohlo - May 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    cool story bro!

  11. ultichiva - May 22, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    You know Mike Brown loves hard D.

    • fatcamper - May 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      There’s nothing wrong with that. Hopefully soon we will all accept that some men love hard D.

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Not one, not two,…..

  13. cantonbound13 - May 22, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Any doubters that the NBA isn’t fixed? Stern gets a guy he tries to make the next Jordan from Ohio, lets him play in Cleveland. He has him leave in a classless manner, form a hated team. Then he has Cleveland win the lottery a few times. Stay tuned to the drama, that’s what Stern wants.

  14. fishfiletkray - May 22, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Is that machine gun Kelly next to Dan Gilbert?

  15. turnmymicup - May 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I would’ve preferred Orlando won. After everything those fans have been through they deserve it. Cleveland has had their share as well but its time for them to get over the decision.

  16. money2long - May 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    imagine if they traded the pick for paul pierce.

  17. canehouse - May 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    What an annoying group Cleveland had in attendance. Dan Gilbert and his lackeys draped in obnoxious smoking jackets and bow ties were stomach turning. They acted like they just won the NBA Finals… they are far from sniffing the 8 seed in the playoffs… win some games and win important ones before you’re loud, and obnoxious.

  18. magicbucs - May 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Of course Pat Williams is hunched over and tuckered out, he’s a cancer survivor and elderly. He’s the Orlando magic god father. Big hug for pat!
    Oh and he also won the lottery for the 76ers back in 1986 when he was their GM.

  19. nwodawg - May 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    As a true Cleveland fan, I can say that “we are over the decision”. Please stop insinuating that the Cleveland and their fans are somehow responsible and worse yet not deserving of another top pick. Yes, LeBron will most likely never be welcomed back with open arms. However, the only people still using the outcome of “the decision” are not Cleveland fans and for some unknown reason have a very unhealthy obsession with the Cleveland, the fans and the city that they have probably never been to. Que the hate.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      When you (by “you” I mean Cleve fans in general) take to the streets and burn jerseys like Libyans who burn flags because they’re mad at George Bush, and basically act like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction for the three years since; you are responsible for and deserving of whatever level of ridicule/abuse you get from fans from then on out.

      Make your bed. Sleep in it.

      • brownsguy44138 - May 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Oh come on… The jersey burning and admittedly over the top reaction was limited to the first few days to a week after Lebron’s decision. It’s not like we do that every anniversary of the decision or every time Lebron and the Heat come through Cleveland. Do we boo him? Hell yes we do, just like every other fan base would if a player did what he did to us. Will we continue to boo him as long as he plays for a team other than the Cavs? Hell yes we will, just like you would if your homegrown superstar spurned not just your team, but the entire city on national TV.

        Maybe if you would spend some time learning about how things really are Cleveland, you’d understand what a great fan base this is and how deserving we are of any good luck we receive. This is NEW CLEVELAND!

  20. nwodawg - May 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Not sure where you your news from but you are misinformed about the majority of the Cleveland fanbase. Those acts were done over three years ago. Get over yourself, the only person who has any right to be sour over the situation is LeBron himself. So if your last name isn’t James than you probably should just pipe down!

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