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Cavs draft 2011: Derrick Williams believes he’s best

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Derrick Williams is articulate, polite and soft-spoken, but he also doesn’t mince words. Asked if he was the best player available in the June 23 NBA Draft at the league’s recent combine in Chicago, the Arizona forward responded, “Yes, sir, I definitely am.” Virtually everyone expects the Cavaliers to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving Read More…

Hero of ‘greatest game in Cavs history’ dead at 55

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Mike Mitchell, who hit two free throws with two seconds left to win the longest game in Cavaliers history, died Thursday of cancer. He was 55. On Jan. 29, 1980, Mitchell scored his 33rd and 34th points with two seconds left in the fourth overtime, giving the Cavs a thrilling 154-153 victory over the star-studded Read More…

Likely No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving not worrying about saving a franchise

Duke point guard Kyrie Irving is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Cavaliers on June 23. (AP photo.)

Kyrie Irving isn’t concerned about being a franchise savior. Nor is the Duke point guard worried about being the next Derrick Rose, John Wall, Chris Paul, Steve Nash or Deron Williams. And don’t even mention being the next LeBron James. Irving, who will likely be chosen by the Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in Read More…

NBA draft: Rick Noland breaks down the top international players

Donatas Motiejunas

Their names are like alphabet soup, but they’re also the top international prospects in the June 23 NBA Draft. The Czech Republic’s Jan Vesely, Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas and the Republic of the Congo’s Bismack Biyombo all could end up being lottery picks, but there are questions surrounding each. For that reason — Read More…

No debate: Duke guard Kyrie Irving should be Cavs’ pick

Chronicle-Telegram Cavs writer Rick Noland doesn’t want to hear any arguments about the Cavs’ top pick in the draft. He says it’s Duke’s Kyrie Irving, above, and there’s not even a close second choice. (AP photo.)

It’s started already and will continue right up until the June 23 NBA Draft. “The Cavaliers should take Arizona small forward Derrick Williams at No. 1, then pick a point guard like UConn’s Kemba Walker or Kentucky’s Brandon Knight at No. 4.” “The Cavs should follow the Browns’ lead and trade down in an attempt Read More…

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert ready to look ahead

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert never mentioned LeBron James by name during a press conference Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. He didn’t have to. “It’s not going to be a panacea,” Gilbert said one day after his franchise won the league’s lottery and landed the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. “I don’t Read More…

NBA draft: Cavs win lottery, hold 1st, 4th picks

Grant Gilbert, 13, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, holds one of the lottery numbers that were drawn in combination giving the Cavaliers first place during the 2011 NBA basketball draft lottery. (AP photo.)

CLEVELAND — Maybe the Cavaliers can convince whomever they take with the No. 1 pick — almost everyone thinks it will be Duke point guard Kyrie Irving — to wear a bow tie to the June 23 NBA Draft. With 14-year-old Nick Gilbert, the son of Cavs owner Dan, wearing one while representing the team Read More…

Cavaliers win NBA Draft lottery

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the draft lottery and earned the No. 1 pick in the draft, one year after losing LeBron James. Represented by 14-year-old Nick Gilbert, the son of owner Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers won the lottery on Tuesday night and will pick first for the first time since Read More…

Cavs looking for some extra luck in lottery

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are holding a draft lottery party tonight at Cadillac Ranch in downtown Cleveland. In keeping with the car theme, they’re hoping the results help them land a Rolls Royce, not a Yugo. Cleveland has 227 chances — 199 by virtue of finishing with the second-worst record in the league and 28 Read More…

Cavaliers final report card: Tough year yields tough grades

Professor Noland has spent the last week reflecting on the Cavaliers’ 19-63 season and grading final exams. Somewhat surprisingly, he – Professor Noland loves to refer to himself in the third person – is now in a slightly better mood as he prepares to issue final report cards for the 2010-11 season: Baron Davis Acquired Read More…