"It's unfortunate that there wasn't a practice or a dry run," Stepien said later. "This is a dangerous stunt."
Stepien's errant tosses became a metaphor for Cleveland sports loserdom. Later that same year, he traded the Cavaliers' 1983, 1984 and 1986 first-round draft picks for mediocre players. The team went 66-180 in his three years as owner. The NBA now bars teams from trading first-round picks in successive years — a regulation known as the Ted Stepien Rule.
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