Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Wiggins hopes to make winning fashionable — Bud … – The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Because there’s always something to spin in Cleveland sports…

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall choice in Thursday’s NBA draft, said this about the possibility of LeBron James joining him to change the fortunes of the downtrodden Cavaliers:

“I want to win. If he wants to win, we’d be good together.”

As if James’ desire to dominate his opponents is the one that’s up for debate.

• I guess if Kevin Love wants to win, he’s welcome aboard, too.

• Wiggins said a “thousand things” went through his head when he heard his name called first by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Despite what you might’ve read on Twitter Thursday night, not one of those thoughts was, “The Three Amigos might want their spare jacket back.”

Joel Embid missed time at Kansas with a stress fracture in his back. He recently had surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.

He went No. 3 overall to Philadelphia.

Apparently the only way he could’ve been kept out of the Top Five is if he had been mistakenly sawed in half by an apprentice magician.

Reece Davis of ESPN said after listening to his panel go on about Embid, despite the big man’s injury, “There’s a Johnny Manziel type feel to this draft … take him, take him.”

He was referring to Manziel sliding in the NFL draft and the focus on where he would end up.

Davis fulfilled ESPN’s obligation to mention Manziel online or on air every 6.7 seconds, by order of the ratings’ consultants.

• Manziel’s teammate at Texas A&M, Mike Evans, said, “The NFL hasn’t seen anything like him.”

Mike Evans, of course, hasn’t seen the NFL.

(If you’re wondering Spin has the same consultants as ESPN.)

• The best thing about the NBA draft is the time between first-round picks: five minutes.

And the time between Bill Simmons.

• Suggestion for next year’s draft planning in Bristol. More Jay Bilas and more Fran Fraschilla and less Simmons is where the internal discussions should begin.

• Fraschilla had the quote of the night when talking about Brazilian Bruno Caboclo, a 18-year-old selected No. 20 overall by the Toronto Raptors.

“He’s two years away from being two years away.”

Previously, I’d only heard that said of my golf game.

• Any organization can see a season nose dive and decide to tank for the next draft.

It takes an organization like Philadelphia to begin tanking for the next draft during the current draft.

Jabari Parker’s father, Sonny, told ESPN he saw the seeds of great basketball talent when his son was in middle school.

“His mother probably knew earlier,” Sonny Parker said. “The day he was born.”

What a shame the Cavs couldn’t rely on her keen eye for talent when they picked Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall.

• Adam Silver’s statement that the Cavs were on the clock brought loud boos.

But enough about Simmons.

• The Miami Heat moved up to draft UConn point guard Shabazz Napier.

Not coincidentially, LeBron James identified Napier as college basketball’s best point guard in March during the NCAA tournament. And followed that Tweet up with another last night praising the selection.

Heat president Pat Riley said drafting Napier while trying to convince James to re-sign with the Heat was simply a coincidence.

Not to be too obvious, Riley traded away his second-round pick, ending his urge to draft Gloria James or Johnny Manziel.

• Napier vowed to enter the league with a “chip on my shoulder.”

I’m pretty sure everyone picked below Andrew Wiggins referenced the same chip.

The first nine picks consisted of six freshman, two sophomores and an Australian who didn’t play college ball in the U.S.

Never have so many so young felt so slighted.

Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick (by Houston) in the NFL draft, traces his lackluster 2014 season to a sports hernia.

Based on Clowney’s enthusiasm level last season, a little-known side effect of sports hernias is a lack of interest in jeopardizing a pro career.

• A pre-NBA-draft report said Australian Dante Exum wasn’t sure he wanted to be taken No. 1 by the Cavs and passed on a late-notice request to go to Cleveland to work out.

Dante Exum?

And Ann Coulter thinks interest in soccer in America demonstrates the moral decay of our society.

• From’s Anthony Castrovince comes the story of how Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected from an early June game against the Indians.

After Asdrubal Cabrera walked on a pitch the Red Sox believed was a strike, Pierzynski said to home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott, “Gimme a new ball. One you can see.”

Yep. That’ll do it.

For more Bud Shaw, read “You Said It.”

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Wiggins hopes to make winning fashionable — Bud … – The Plain Dealer

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