No excuses now for the top brass of the Cleveland Cavaliers. When that fellow LeBron James departed (with his talents) to Miami, the thinking of the front office was: Rebuild through the draft. Select the players the club wanted and develop a team that would be an enduing presence in the NBA playoffs.
Didn’t the ownership say something about winning a championship before the guy from Akron ever did?
Well, that didn’t work out as promised. Yet the ping-pong balls have popped the Cavaliers’ way in the lottery, and never more surprisingly than Tuesday evening, when a 1.7 percent chance turned into the number one pick — for, yes, say it again, the third time in four years!
This must be some sort of cosmic compensation for James exiting, or a measure of his skill, three top picks required to replace him.
Now comes the hard part, luck far less a part. When the Cavaliers prevailed in the lottery to get James, the selection was easy. Who else? This time, it is more complicated, all those players, all those needs, talk of trades, even James coming back. And money doesn’t really help. This about judgment. No pressure, Cavaliers front office.