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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Where Drama Happens

If you think the story of a 14-year old with a health condition representing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery when the team improves their draft prospects by winning the rights to the #1 overall pick has the makings of a Hollywood movie, you're not the only one. For Cavaliers fans, the outcome of tonight's Lottery is a summer blockbuster. For the Minnesota Timberwolves, however, it's a movie with an all to familiar ending.

Wolves general manager David Kahn said he knew Minnesota was 'toast' when it came down to a final three of the Wolves, Utah Jazz and the Cavaliers.

"This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines," Kahn said. "Last year it was Abe Pollin's widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: 'We're toast.' This is not happening for us and I was right."

Sounds like a bit of sour grapes, and besides, how many point guards does one team need anyway?

As for the Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert feels the Wine and Gold are now headed in the right direction.

"We have some very good, young talent and we got a couple of great players hurt early or in the middle of the year and they are coming back," Gilbert said. "We have some great talent and hopefully who we pick up at 1 and 4 and I just can't believe this is really happening."

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.