The Cleveland Cavaliers Won The NBA Draft Lottery Because Of ‘The Law Of Attraction’ (Probably, Says Their Vice-Chairman)

Just a fantastic, fantastic image (Image by Owen and Brenda Cooper, via Flickr)

Just a fantastic, fantastic image (Image by Owen and Brenda Cooper, via Flickr)

The NBA Draft Lottery is rigged, as the Cleveland Cavaliers proved Tuesday night by winning their third lottery in four years. But it’s not by the NBA powers that be. There are bigger forces at play here, and those forces have a name: The Law of Attraction.

You’re probably somewhat familiar with the Law, which, to quote Wikipedia:

The law of attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy. One example used by a proponent of the law of attraction is that if a person opened an envelope expecting to see a bill, then the law of attraction would “confirm” those thoughts and contain a bill when opened. A person who decided to instead expect a cheque might, under the same law, find a cheque instead of a bill.

So, you know. Science. And while perhaps not a strict adherent to the letter of the Law — because who doesn’t jaywalk every now and again, right? — it seems that Cleveland Cavaliers vice-chairman Jeff Cohen might be at least passably familiar with its tenets. At the Draft Lottery, Cohen told Grantland’s Zach Lowe his secret to the Cavs’ lottery success.

I am almost frightened that Cohen might be a warlock, and I asked him after the lottery if it is tempting after all these wins to believe he can influence events that would appear beyond his control. “I’ve always believed you create your own luck,” he said. “Luck just isn’t sitting there. You have to believe you are entitled to it. You have to see it, to visualize it. It doesn’t always work, but three years out of four, I mean, that’s pretty good.”


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If nothing else, it’s a positive outlook, and that’s always nice. But is anyone else starting to get the sense that NBA front offices are kind of like that annoying year you spent in college listening to people talk about various…philosophies that didn’t exactly hold up to scrutiny? Jeff Cohen might or might not be talking about “The Secret;” Mark Cuban is a fan of Ayn Rand; Joe Lacob’s dogs are named after characters from Rand’s works (John Galt and Howard Roark) and here’s an Instagram video of them playing basketball because when you have objectivism, who needs thumbs?

(h/t to David Roth for the link to this video, via Eric Freeman)

The dogs love basketball. Intense defense! #airbuds #johngalt #howardroark

A video posted by @kirklacob on

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Objectivism and the Law of Attraction. Yep. It’s the sophomore year of college all over again. But at least we don’t live in the dorms anymore!

Andrew Lynch

When God Shammgod created the basketball universe, Andrew Lynch was there. His belief in the superiority of advanced statistics and the eventual triumph of expected value-based analytics stems from the fact that he’s roughly as old as the concept of counting. With that said, he still loves the beauty of basketball played at the highest level — it reminds him of the splendor of the first Olympics — and the stories that spring forth from the games, since he once beat Homer in a game of rock-paper-scissors over a cup of hemlock. Dude’s old.