(CNN) — Redemption came quickly for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery.
Last year, the team lost its franchise player and first overall pick in the 2003 draft: LeBron James.
As King James rose to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with 58 wins this season, the Cavaliers slipped to the worst record in the conference winning only 19 games.
But Tuesday night, Cavs fans found something to smile about again. They won the number one pick in the NBA draft. They also earned the fourth pick in the draft, a development that could make Cleveland a major player again.
The draft order is determined by lottery among the 14 teams with the most losses.
The televised event turned bars in downtown Cleveland into church revivals.
“Would never have thought it was a possibility,” Campy Russell, a former Cavaliers player told CNN affiliate WEWS. “For the faithful, this is a great day.” Read More Here
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