For nearly a year, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has tried in vain to move on from LeBron James and his infamous departure.
At last, Gilbert believes he can.
"Last night sort of put an end to any last lingering thoughts," Gilbert said Wednesday.
Winning the NBA's draft lottery was all it took. Now, Gilbert, his franchise and heartbroken Cleveland fans, can finally focus forward. Yesterday has given way to tomorrow.
LeBron doesn't matter quite as much anymore.
On Tuesday night, the Cavs won the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft, when they'll almost certainly use the pick on Duke star point guard Kyrie Irving, a well-rounded player who can accelerate Cleveland's post-LeBron reconstruction.
With a little extra luck, the Cavs, coming off a 63-loss season, also landed the No. 4 pick — a lucky daily double that had Gilbert still feeling overwhelmed.
"Last night was a very special night for everybody," Gilbert said.
"It's been a rough year. It's been grueling and tiresome and painful. But having this lottery come out the way it did. With two big blocks to rebuild, when you combine that with players coming back and our coaching staff being around another year, the trade exception and whatever other tricks (general manager) Chris Grant may have up his sleeve.
"It should be good times ahead for the Cavaliers."
Indeed, the lottery could not have gone better for the Cavaliers or Gilbert.