Originally posted on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 5/30/12

A billionaire who made his fortune employing high-pressure tactics to sell the loans that drove the US economy off a cliff is bad enough. Even worse if he also presided over the leadership vacuum that blew the greatest homegrown hometown superstar athlete in world history out of Cleveland, then reacted to that failure by engaging in an astonishingly reductive demonization campaign that’s made Cleveland a safer place for ignorance and intolerance for nothing but his own short term benefit. That this same guy would also be the one to put his fortune to re-writing the law so that he can use casino games to prey on folks for whom life is most meaningless means we’re really talking about the pits here.

But still, there are worse things than Dan Gilbert, including LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who’s really as bad as it gets. Which is why it was so genius for the Cavs to trade for Sterling’s lottery pick last season. Once the Clippers unloaded the pick, last year’s NBA draft lottery results (by which the Cleveland obtained the number one pick thanks to LA’s ping pong balls) were inevitable.

This year the Cavs don’t seem to have nearly as much going for them, but who really knows.

Anyway, if you go by the numbers, the Cavs technically have the third best shot (13.8% odds) at landing the #1 overall pick and the draft’s top prize, Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. The consensus among Cavs fans seems to be that they’ll be OK winding up with the second or third overall pick Kentucky’s Michael Kidd Gilchrist or Florida’s Bradley Beal), and that anything less will be a disappointment. The odds are 46.9% that they wind up in the top three, and while it would be hard not to be excited about Davis, there’s still a better than excellent chance that the Cavs will figure out a way to be terrible no matter what happens tonight.

And as for what else is worse than Dan Gilbert, neurofibromatosis is, for sure. Gilbert’s son Nick has been battling neurofibromatosis for his entire life, and raises funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital at www.2012PickNick.com. We put last month’s Cleveland Frowns ad revenues to the cause (a not-insignificant amount of cash, of course) because, of course, we’re all in it together.

Go humans, beat tumors. This is your NBA Lottery Open Thread and probably all here until Friday.

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