CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Cavaliers are pulling out all the stops to bring the team luck at the NBA draft lottery.
Nick Gilbert, the 21-year-old son of owner Dan Gilbert, will represent the team Tuesday night in Chicago. He’ll be wearing a bow tie made from wood taken from the floor of the 2016 NBA Champions.
The younger Gilbert gained national attention during the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery. With his thick-rimmed glasses and bow tie, he was the Cavs’ representative and good luck charm.
When asked about his dad calling him a hero, Nick answered with, “What’s not to like?” which took on a life of its own. The Cavaliers scored the No. 1 pick that year, ultimately selecting Kyrie Irving.
Nick had brain surgery in February. He was born with neurofibromatosis. It’s a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. The tumors are usually noncancerous.
The Cavs have a lottery selection this year through the trade with the Celtics that sent Irving to Boston and gave Cleveland the Nets pick. The Cavaliers have a 2.8 percent chance of landed the No. 1 spot in the lottery.