On Wednesday night, Nick Gilbert and the Cavaliers didn’t shock the NBA world like they did one year ago. But they still secured a pick that’ll propel them to the next level – landing the No. 4 selection in this June’s Draft.

As for the 2012 Lottery’s big winner, it was the New Orleans Hornets who, like the Cavaliers one year ago, battled through a rough transitional season to beat the odds and take home the top pick.

CLEVELAND, OH - May 30, 2012 - As a result of the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the 4th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft which will be held on Thursday, June 28th at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Cleveland now has the 4th and 24th pick in the first round and the third and fourth picks of the second round (33rd and 34th overall).

There’s no precedent that says the Cavaliers can’t win the Lottery for the second straight season. It’s been done before, and by a team with less of a chance than Cleveland has heading into Wednesday night.

Actually, if there’s any precedent, it’s that the team with the league’s third-worst record has won the Lottery more than anyone else. Or to go one step farther, any number of strange scenarios can unfold in Times Square.

Last year’s Lottery was proof positive.

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.

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