Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - What's not to like? Being in the lottery every year.
Nick Gilbert expects the Cleveland Cavaliers are through with it.
The Cavaliers and their owner's son beat the odds for the second time in three years, winning the lottery Tuesday night to give them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 NBA draft.
Two years after charming viewers by responding to a question about being on stage by saying: "What's not to like?" the bowtie-wearing son of Dan Gilbert wore a stern look before this one. He said he expected he was done coming here and that he believed the Cavs would be in the playoffs next season.
Then they got a great jump on that goal, earning the first pick even though they had only the third-best odds to do so.
And 16-year-old Nick Gilbert delivered it, just as he did in 2011, when the Cavs used the pick to take the eventual rookie of the year, Kyrie Irving.
"That was the first time. This is the second time, but man does it feel good to get the first pick this last time. Get that last player to give us a push," said Nick Gilbert.
Orlando fell back one spot to No. 2, and Washington vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.
CLIPPERS: Vinny Del Negro is out as coach after a season in which the team won its first division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The team said he won't be offered a contract when his current one expires at the end of June. He is just the second coach to leave the team with a winning record, following Larry Brown in 1993.
BOBCATS: The owner, Michael Jordan, said he's changing his team's name to the Charlotte Hornets.
Jordan said he's informed the league of his decision and is optimistic the NBA board of governors will approve the name change when it convenes in July.