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How the Cleveland Cavaliers' Lindsay Gottlieb made it to the NBA

LINDSAY GOTTLIEB PERCHES on the edge of the charcoal chenille couch, scooching so her Cleveland Cavaliers players can squeeze in their lanky frames. Brandon Knight lowers himself to her left, 7-footer Tristan Thompson nestles in on her right and veteran Kevin Love plops down next to him.

The team has gathered at the Michigan home of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for a Saturday afternoon visit before jetting off to Boston for an exhibition game with the Boston Celtics.

As they cram into the elegant, well-appointed living room, a big-screen television placed directly in front of them, head coach John Beilein addresses the group with the promise of a film session.