Cavaliers Win Draft Lotto Again
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 the victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
The Orlando Magic fell back one spot to No. 2, while the Washington Wizards vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.
Ten years after winning the lottery that landed them 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.
Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cavs entourage – all wearing bowties as well – celebrated their latest victory, which came with 15.6 percent odds after they finished with the NBA’s third-worst record at 24-58.
Clippers won’t offer
Del Negro new deal as coach
LOS ANGELES (AP) – 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 Tuesday 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.
“This was a difficult decision, but we feel this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward,” said Gary Sacks, vice president of basketball operations.
Del Negro had a 128-102 regular-season record in three years with the team. The Clippers made the playoffs the last two seasons, including last year when they advanced to the second round for only the second time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984.
The search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Jordan says Bobcats will change name to Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he’s changing his team’s name to the Charlotte Hornets.
Jordan said at a Tuesday press conference he has informed the league of his decision and is optimistic the NBA board of governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.
Charlotte will remain the Bobcats next season, but if all goes as planned Jordan anticipates his team will become the Hornets for the start of the 2014-15 season.
Jordan says the team listened to the fans and “the fans wanted the name back.”
The Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before then-owner George Shinn relocated the team to New Orleans.