Nerlens Noel's first priority

With the Cavaliers winning the lottery, star center takes another step to playing

Originally Published: May 21, 2013
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Cleveland had won the NBA lottery. The multiple interviews were over. And so, finally after an anxious day of rehab and waiting, Nerlens Noel stood up and let out a huge, audible sigh.

And then immediately folded his long, slender 6-foot-11, 206-pound frame into the arms of his mother, Dorcina. The hug lasted a few seconds. The smiles on both their faces will be with them quite a while longer.

This has been quite a journey. Dorcina, who hails from Haiti, has four ...

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