NBA notebook: Cavs win lottery for third time

2013-05-22T00:00:00Z NBA notebook: Cavs win lottery for third timeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing son, was on stage for another victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs picked eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs' latest victory came with 15.6 percent odds after they finished with the NBA's third-worst record at 24-58. Orlando fell back one spot to No. 2, while Washington went from No. 8 to third. The rest of the 14 teams finish in inverse order of their record.

Phoenix will pick fifth, followed by New Orleans, Sacramento, Detroit, Minnesota, Portland, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Utah.

Ten years after winning their first lottery that landed LeBron James, the Cavaliers picked up another opportunity to help speed up the rebuilding process since his departure to Miami in 2010.

The potential No. 1 pick this year, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, is no James. But he could be a nice addition for the Cavs once he's recovered from a torn ACL - if they keep the pick. They also have Nos. 19, 31 and 33 for new coach Mike Brown, who they rehired after firing Byron Scott following a 24-58 season.

"We were hoping regardless of what pick we got that this would be our last lottery," Dan Gilbert said.

Rim shots

• Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers 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 new contract. He's just the second coach to leave the team with a winning record, following Larry Brown in 1993.

• Michael Jordan wants to "bring the buzz back" to Charlotte. The Bobcats owner said he's changing his team's name to the Hornets beginning in 2014-15, pending NBA approval. Charlotte was the Hornets from 1988-2002 before moving to New Orleans.

• Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant pledged $1 million for tornado relief through his foundation to help the devastated area rebuild.

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