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.

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.