For a team that can’t seem to get anything out, they sure have gotten a lot of undeserved chances. They lucked out by drafting LeBron James in 2003 and Kyrie Irving in 2011. Again and again, they tank and they blow their opportunities, only for them to be “rescued” by a star that probably doesn’t want to be there anyway.
Interestingly enough, there’s a good chance it might happen again this summer. In Duke, Zion Williamson has been hailed as the next basketball superstar, with all indications pointing to a career of talent and fame.
And guess who’ll be waiting with a lottery pick in July? The Cleveland Cavaliers. With a record of 8-30, it’s almost inevitable they’ll land a high pick in the upcoming draft.
That idea is something Bill Simmons is not a fan of.
“If Cleveland wins the lottery and gets Zion, I’m quitting sports,” Simmons told Ringer NBA writer Kevin O’Connor on ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast.’ “I’m just done. I’m out. The Ringer turns into a pop culture site, you’re going to have to look for a new job. I’m done. If Cleveland wins the f—ing lottery again, I’m done. I’m done with all professional sports, I’m out.”
Cleveland has previously won the lottery in 1986, 2003, 2011, 2013 and 2014. This isn’t the first time Simmons has commented on it either with this quote, which goes as far back as 2014, begging the NBA for change.
“We need new rules. We just need new rules,” Simmons said during a pregame broadcast of an Eastern Conference Finals game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. “This is the most incompetent team of the last four years. They hired [head coach] Mike Brown with a five-year deal and fired him after one. They made all these mistakes. They screwed up some of their other picks and then they get rewarded with the No. 1 again.”
“I just think like, enough. We’re sorry LeBron left Cleveland, but enough with the karma for Cleveland.”
He does have a point. No matter how many mistakes they make, the Cavs routinely get rewarded high draft picks. It doesn’t seem right.
On the flip side, isn’t the whole point of the lottery to help losing teams get better?
It is a slippery slope for sure but, Whatever the case, Zion Williamson will change the fortunes of the team that lands him. If it is Cleveland than they better hope it’s the last time they’ll need the lottery for a while.