When you're an NBA franchise and your fate is tied to the bounce of ping pong balls—as will be the case for 12 of the league's teams at the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery on Wednesday night—all you can do is cross your fingers and hope for the best.
Or, better yet, find yourself a good luck charm, as the Cleveland Cavaliers have.
Not a rabbit's foot. Not a rally hat or a stinky pair of socks.
But a human being, and not just any human being. Nick Gilbert, the 15-year-old son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, is Cleveland's lucky charm.
He'll be on hand at Disney/ABC's Time Square Studios in New York to represent Cleveland on lottery night, just as he did last year at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, where the Cavs wound up with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
But before Nick takes the stage again, let's take a moment to learn a few things about the unassuming kid who just might be the savior of the post-LeBron Cavs.