Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I’m an Optimist, and if I’m here and you’re here, not only is it OUR time, but also time once again for that big, fat fanfaronade that we like to call NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE.

Friends, we’ve got a whole lotta love in today’s Memorial Day Weekend column. And not only that, but we also have what we in the writing business call a “theme.”

You’ll see.

Nick GilbertCleveland, OH - The Cleveland Cavaliers today officially announced they have picked Nick Gilbert to represent the team on stage at the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery at the Disney/ABC Studios in New York City’s Times Square next Wednesday, May 30th.

NBA Draft LotteryIn this summer’s NBA Draft Lottery, the Wine and Gold will land anywhere between picks one and six with one of their first round selections. Since the NBA Lottery was formed in 1985, some great players and future/current Hall-of-Famers have landed within those first six picks. Here are the top three No. 1 through No.

Cavs fans don’t need any convincing that just about anything can happen in the NBA Lottery.

The Cavaliers have won the Lottery when they were supposed to, won it when they weren’t supposed to and they’ve benefitted big from Clippers wheelings and dealings in two different generations.

One of those occasions was just one year ago, when the Wine and Gold – in the person of 14-year-old Nick Gilbert – dramatically defied the odds and won the No. 1 overall pick with the Clippers’ entry, one that had a mere 2.8 percent chance to succeed.

CLEVELAND, OH - The night will be filled with fun and anticipation when Cavs fans gather at Cadillac Ranch in downtown Cleveland (200 Euclid Ave.) for the Official Cavaliers 2012 NBA Draft Lottery Viewing Party presented by Budweiser on Wednesday, May 30th starting at 7:00 p.m. With all TVs tuned to live coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. everyone will be watching to see how the ping pong balls will bounce to determine when the Cavaliers will pick in the NBA Draft on June 28th.

Season Overview: There’s little question that Cavs forward Omri Casspi never quite found his rhythm with the Wine and Gold in his first year with the squad.

Casspi was acquired in a trade with Sacramento – along with a protected 1st round draft pick from the Kings in exchange for J.J. Hickson – just days before the NBA lockout. With abbreviated Training Camps not tipping off until mid-December, Casspi didn’t get a real chance to gel with his new squad until the helter-skelter season began.

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