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Cavaliers win NBA draft lottery, again

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NEW YORK -- The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

After winning it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

The Orlando Magic fell back one spot to No. 2, while the Washington Wizards vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.

Toronto won the 12th overall pick in the lottery, but it was tranferred to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the trade that saw James Harden go to the Houston Rockets and Kyle Lowry go to the Raptors.

Commissioner David Stern believes he is leaving the NBA in great shape and in great hands in looking back on his nearly 30-year tenure as the league's boss.

Speaking before what will be his final NBA lottery, the 70-year-old Stern admitted Tuesday he has made some mistakes in running the league but noted not every decision has a happy ending.

Stern announced earlier this season he will step down Feb, 1, coinciding with his 30th year on the job.

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver will succeed Stern, and the commissioner said Silver will bring the league to new heights.

Stern and Silver held a short news conference before the lottery and touched on a number of issues.

Silver said the league won't speak to the players' association about making any changes to the current 19-year-old age limit when U.S. players are eligible for the draft until the association appoints a new executive director. The players ousted Billy Hunter earlier this season.

Stern said the league was happy with the way replay was working out and envisioned there would be talk in June about increasing its usage.

"I couldn't be more energized and one of the reasons for the energy and one of the things I have always thought about with this job is that the best thing a CEO can do is have a successor and to be able to turn the reins over to," he said. "After 30 years as commissioner and 36 years as an NBA employee and 48 years of having worked with the NBA, to turn the reins over to someone who has worked closely with me through the years and to have a seasoned executive like Adam Silver couldn't make me happier."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 22, 2013 C6

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