For years, the sports scene in Ohio has been rather disappointing. From the relocation of the Browns to the sub-par play of the Indians and Bengals to the frustration of the Cavaliers, things just haven’t worked out well. However, that looked to change back in 2003 when LeBron James, an Akron native was selected by his hometown team as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
Of course, that too ended in heartbreak as LeBron James decided to join the Miami Heat, crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers championship dreams.
But there has now been a reversal of fortune as not only did James decide to re-join the Cleveland Cavaliers this past week, but the team also has also won three of the past four NBA draft lotteries. Add in LeBron James’ addition and that makes them the first franchise to have four No. 1 picks on their roster since the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers.
Cleveland now has LeBron James (2003), Kyrie Irving (2011), Anthony Bennett (2013; lol), and Andrew Wiggins (2014). Not since the 1988-89 Lakers has a team had four No. 1 overall draft picks (James Worthy, Mychal Thompson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson).
Of course, Kyrie Irving (while talented) is still coming into his own and both Bennett and Wiggins are getting their feet wet in the NBA. Still, with that type of talent it’s hard to assume that the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be forming into a potential dynasty in the very near future.
Add in the Browns addition of Johnny Manziel and things seem to be going very well for the Ohio sports scene.
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