So Cleveland won the NBA lottery again. That's a mind-boggling three times the team has won the ping-pong ball event in the last four years. It's also the Cavs' sixth number 1 since the franchise was established in 1970 (must be a record of some sort).
The Cavs' five previous top picks were: Austin Carr (1971), Brad Daugherty (1986), LeBron James (2003), Kyrie Irving (2011) and Anthony Bennett (2013).
Interestingly, Cleveland is no stranger to getting multiple no. 1s in succeeding years. In the NFL, the Browns landed top picks in 1999 and 2000, which they used to draft Tim Couch and Courtney Brown, respectively.
Must be something in the Cleveland water? Or perhaps lottery machines donated by generous team owners? :-)
But - even with their wealth of no. 1 picks, Cleveland is still among the nation's least decorated cities. With no hardware in the NBA, and none won in either the NFL or MLB since 1964 (Browns last won in the pre-Super Bowl NFL in '64, while the Indians last won the Series in 1948) Cleveland owns one of the longest pro sports title droughts in the country.
I guess the water in Cleveland (or anywhere else outside of Title Town, USA) just isn't dirty enough.
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