@CavsNick (follow him @CavsNick) represented the Wine and Gold in last nights NBA draft lottery to determine the selection order of the 2011 NBA Draft. The Cavs scored BIG TIME winning the #1 and #4 picks in the upcoming NBA talent show. During his post ping pong ball interview on NBA TV Nick was called "the greatest good luck charm in the history of the NBA draft". He was cool, confident and calm during the nationally televised selection show.
Nick is more than just lucky, he's tough too. He has been fighting a terrible disease and defying the odds since birth. He suffers from Neurofibromatosis (NF) a nerve disorder which causes tumors to grow anywhere on his body at anytime. He's battled through countless hospital visits and Doctor's appointments,tons of medication and 4 bouts of chemotherapy...you name it, unfortunately Nick has experienced it.
Nick is the 2011 Ambassador for the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF). You can learn more about Nick's ongoing struggle ,CTF, World NF Awareness day and donate by clicking CTF.
May 17 was a BIG day for Nick. Not only was it World NF Awareness Day, but it was also the NBA draft lottery and @CavsNick first day on twitter (he has more than 7000 followers already). Nick who was called "my hero" by his dad gathered his posse and flew to New Jersey to represent the Cavs at the lottery. It's been a long year for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans. LeBron may have taken his talents to South Beach, but Nick and Cavs fan cheered on their team anyway.
As @CavsNick stood on stage with all the other NBA execs towered over him. The TV lights shone bright and the ping pong balls began to fly. Nick was backed up by his dad @CavsDan, his bro, Grant, Jeff (Jeffro) Cohen, the Cavs GM Chris Grant and Cleveland Browns players Josh Cribbs and Joe Haden as well as Ohio legend Bernie Kosar. The prize at stake...the #1 selection in the 2011 NBA Draft. Balls were flying. The Pistons, The Timberwolves, The Nets all received their positions...Nick was still standing...looking for number one. Dapper in a tailored suit and Cavs bow tie, Nick appeared to be very self-assured the entire time. This was not his first time on national TV...when it got down to the last ball...the Cavs had the #1 pick (and #4). NICK GILBERT wins again.
We're predicting that the brain trust in Cleveland will select stellar Duke PG Kyrie Irving with that #1. Irving is only 19...just 5 years older than Nick, but in the guard oriented NBA he has the quickness and the skilz to be "the man". @CavsDan, who is a long-time friend of AspenSpin, guarenteed last May (using comic sans) that the Cav's will win the NBA title before the dastardly LeBron and his Miami Heat. Thanks to a young hero and good luck charm Nick Gilbert....they are on their way. Go Nick.
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