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Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle

Updated: May 26, 2004, 10:34 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

One by one, the numbered balls popped up -- Six! -- through the tube at the top of the hopper -- Two! -- in professional sports' only high-stakes game of chance -- Three! -- until Fortuna finally smiled on -- Twelve! -- the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It was a year ago that the Cavs hit the jackpot of all lotteries, winning the No. 1 pick in that NBA draft and the right to make LeBron James the centerpiece of the team's rebuilding process. King James, the local prep hoops phenom who made national ...

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