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  1. For second time in three years Cavaliers win NBA draft lottery

    May 21, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert

    You need some luck if you’re going to build a winner through the lottery (just ask the Thunder). Cleveland has gotten it’s share luck lately. Or, it’s just Karma balancing itself out, if you prefer. For the second time in three years the Cleveland Cavaliers have got the balls to bounce their way and have…

  2. NBA Draft Lottery odds and draft order

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    You can call it the draft lottery if you want; I choose to call it the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. The Draw for the Unibrow. After some coins were tossed and some ties broken, we have the NBA lottery odds and draft order for the June 28 draft. (Enjoy the irony of the future of so…

  3. Lots of lottery odds to be decided last week of season, too

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    We keep talking about the teams talking playoffs — who gets home court, Boston or Atlanta, or can Phoenix catch Utah and get the last spot in the West — but there is a tight race among teams who have long forgotten about the playoffs. A lot of lottery odds are still to be decided…

  4. If NBA loses full season, what might next draft look like?

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    It’s one of the more interesting questions around the NBA right now: If a full NBA season is lost, what do you do about next year’s draft? It’s not really fair to go with the same order or even same lottery as last year — why should Minnesota be rewarded again for being bad two…

  5. The value of a mega-weight lottery

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    nba_2008_draft_lottery

    Since I spent the morning talking about why we still need to weight the lottery, I thought I’d also touch on one of the union’s other proposals, which could be implemented for the 2012 draft if we get a settlement. Back in June, the union brought up the idea of giving lottery teams additional picks,…

  6. Wolves GM Kahn says fixed lottery comment was joke

    May 18, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    You should decide this one for yourself. Late last night we told you about Minnesota General Manager David Kahn implying that the fix was in on the lottery (and how that will cross the line with David Stern). On Wednesday Kahn has been saying he was simply making a little joke and that has been…

  7. Winderman: Wolves GM Kahn crossed Stern’s line in sand

    May 18, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    davidkahn

    A few years back, amid one of those periods of inspection when it came to NBA officiating, the attempt was made during one of his NBA Finals media sessions to get David Stern to comment on greater access to referees. The question began something along the lines of, “Considering there will always be those who…

  8. Kyrie Irving to Cleveland: Don’t compare me to LeBron

    May 18, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    The comparison is a natural one. The last time Cleveland had the No. 1 overall pick it had a no-brainer of a choice and picked LeBron James. Seven years later he left in a messy way. Then the Cavaliers won the top pick in the NBA Draft and they are going to select Kyrie Irving…

  9. Wolves GM David Kahn hints at lottery fix. Fine on way.

    May 18, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    What can get you in more trouble with David Stern than saying his referees are biased? Saying the NBA Draft Lottery is fixed. Which is pretty much what Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn did after the lottery (where his team with the worst record fell to the No. 2 spot). Cleveland won the top spot.…

  10. Lottery brings Cleveland some building blocks, not a cornerstone

    May 17, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    This is a night to celebrate if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. After a rough summer and a record losing streak this season, the Ping-Pong balls bounced your way. You won the draft lottery, so pop open a Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmond Fitzgerald porter and celebrate. Rebuilding can be a long, slow painful process…

  11. Cleveland Cavaliers win draft lottery, likely to take Irving

    May 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    Start trying to picture Kyrie Irving in a wine and gold Cleveland uniform. The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good karma (maybe from owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick) and won the NBA Draft Lottery — not with their own pick, but with the one they got from the Clippers this past season, the one with a…

  12. Irving will attend lottery with agent

    May 17, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All 14 teams with a chance to win tonight’s NBA Draft lottery will be sending a representative to the drawing in Seacaucus, just like they do every year. This season, however, the lottery will have an unusual guest — former Duke point guard and projected #1 pick Kyrie Irving. According to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  13. NBA Draft Lottery lacks big payout this time around

    May 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    NCAA Hampton Duke Basketball

    We love the NBA Draft Lottery because it’s like franchise roulette — random luck and the bounce of some balls will determine the future of a franchise, potentially setting some up for years to come. Well, most years. This year, not so much. This year the lottery has very little payout. This is a down…

  14. NBA draft lottery: Who needs to win this most?

    May 16, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Your team isn’t in the NBA draft lottery unless it needs help (or you used to do trades with Isiah Thomas). Everybody in it needs to win it. Especially this year, where the drop off from All-Star to “maybe he can be a rotation guy in a couple years” to “we’re hoping he can develop”…

  15. Dan Gilbert’s 14-year-old son to represent Cavs at lottery

    May 12, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Isn’t it the dream of every 14-year-old boy to go to Secaucus? Actually, in the case of Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, this is pretty cool — he will represent the Cavaliers at the NBA Draft Lottery May 17. The younger Gilbert has Neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes the body’s nerves to…

  16. Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent Kings at draft lottery

    May 11, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player. The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize…

  17. Jerry West admits drafting Drew Gooden over Amar’e Stoudemire was a mistake. No kidding.

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Nobody is harder on Jerry West than Jerry West. Nobody. Read the brilliant biography by Roland Lazenby and you get the portrait of a man haunted by failure and more relieved than joyous about success. So when you ask West about his time as the head of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball side and ask if…

  18. Quote of the day, I love the smell of desperation in the morning

    May 20, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    “It is truly a hideous experience. It is just awful. You could almost sense the desperation in the room.” –Minnesota Timberwolves president and general manager David Kahn, on attending the NBA Draft Lottery, as told the the Star-Tribune.

  19. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

  20. What a NBA lottery win would mean for five teams

    May 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With the NBA Draft Lottery upon us, we thought we’d prognosticate upon five teams with a wide range of chances to gain the best choice tonight. New Jersey Nets: They have more on the line than any other team in tonight’s drawing. Drawing the top slot gives them not only the best player in the…

  21. NBA Draft Lottery: Could the NBA's top pick be moved before the draft?

    May 18, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Teams just do not trade the top pick in the NBA Draft. Doesn’t happen. It has been 17 years since the NBA’s top overall pick was traded before the draft. The fact is elite talent is just too hard to come by in the NBA, you need elite talent to win big and if you…

  22. Mikhail Prokhorov video: Nets will win championship within five years

    May 18, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is a confident man. Also, an insanely rich man. Combine those two and you get a guy that says everything a Nets fan could hope to hear in a low-tech video message to Nets fans just released. Prokhorov promises a truly international team that will make the playoffs next year and win a…

  23. NBA Draft Lottery 101: The primer

    May 17, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Tomorrow night, Secaucus is the place to be. Okay, Secaucus, New Jersey, is never THE place to be. Better to be down in Orlando, where the Eastern Conference Finals are taking place, for example. But some team will leave Secaucus Tuesday night thinking they are on the path to the Finals after they win the…

  24. Nets would draft John Wall with top pick, are already getting Devin Harris trade calls

    May 11, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    After the season the Nets had, it feels like the only way the karmic scales balance out is if New Jersey wins the draft lottery, if they get the top overall pick in June. The Nets may only have a 25 percent chance at a top spot, but somehow it just seems fair if they…

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