CLEVELAND -- Thousands of fans turned out at Quicken Loans Arena to enjoy festivities as the Cleveland Cavaliers made the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Cavs fans were invited to a free party tonight at The Q to watch the 2011 NBA Draft.
It was a night of fun and festivities with the Cavaliers Game Entertainment Team and draft night coverage with Cavs legends Austin Carr and Campy Russell and play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod.
Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert's son Nick Gilbert, the 14-year-old good luck charm credited for securing the Cavaliers' first and fourth overall draft picks and launching the catch phrase "What's Not to Like?" from the Draft Lottery stage, currently serves as the 2011 National Children's Tumor Foundation Ambassador.
With the Cavs holding the no. 1 and no. 4 picks, the anticipation was high to see what decisions would be made to put the team in the best position for the future.
Security guards estimated that around 8,000 fans turned out for the festivities.
"Kyrie Irving, all the way," said Neil Miele.
Another says the Cavs' number 4 pick of Tristan Thompson was unexpected, but many quickly got behind it.
"Didn't think the Cavs were interested in him, but it's a player that I like," said Calvin Moorer.
Fan Chantay Jordan said the fans have finally moved past the roller coaster of a basketball year that was 2010 and they're looking toward the future.
"LeBron? Whatever. We're moving on. Cleveland rocks, so let's go!" Jordan said.