The Cleveland Cavaliers narrowly missed out on landing their second consecutive No. 1 overall pick on Wednesday night. Zach Lowe of The Point Forward blog at Sports Illustrated was in the room and has a unique behind-the-scenes look at just how close they came to edging the Hornets for the right to draft Anthony Davis. An excerpt after the jump:
After the mandatory 10-second pause for the remaining 12 balls to bounce around inside the machine, a league official drew out the next ball - a "9." Demps was in business.
So was Jeffrey Cohen, vice chairman of the Cavaliers. If the final ball was marked with a "3," the Cavaliers would win the lottery for the second straight season.