HoopsHype Anthony Bennett rumors

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Rookie Anthony Bennett hasn't played in four games, but Brown still sounds as if he and GM Chris Grant are leaning toward keeping Bennett instead of sending him to the D-League to get in some work. "We have talked about it, but I haven’t gone real deep on it with Chris,'' Brown said. "There’s a lot of learning he can do here with the team, whether it’s home or away, whether it’s us game-planning for different teams, going to the practices throughout the course of this homestand, there are a lot of benefits he can get out of it. We’ve had discussions, but we’re not to the point where we’d send him.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 15, 2014 Updates

Even before he didn't play a minute in the Cavaliers 120-118 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, rookie Anthony Bennett was being asked whether he'd be interested in going down to play with the Cavs owned and operated NBA Development League franchise in Canton. "It's something I'd think about, for sure,'' Bennett said before Tuesday's game in Los Angeles. "It's not a bad thing, especially going down there, hopefully playing a lot, going out there, building my confidence.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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To this point, Bennett has resembled a tweener reminiscent of draft busts such as Michael Beasley, Tyrus Thomas, Jan Vesely, Derrick Williams and Marvin Williams. But none of those guys went No. 1 overall. “One of the toughest things to do in the NBA is transition from playing power forward to small forward, which Bennett and the Cavaliers are figuring out now,” an Eastern Conference scout said. In addition, one Eastern Conference executive painted a bleak picture of Bennett based on his team’s background check. “He was red flagged before the draft,” the executive said. SheridanHoops

Based on those statistics, the executive sees only one bold solution to help Bennett find his rhythm. “Eat your humble pie and send the kid to the D-League where he can play,” the executive said. No former No. 1 pick has ever been sent down to the D-League since its inception, and the Cavaliers are not expected to demote Bennett despite his struggles. SheridanHoops

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Among the topics swirling around team executives gathered in Reno is why the Cavs elected not to assign Bennett to the D-League to get some confidence and experience. Their other first-round pick, Sergey Karasev (19th overall), has done several stints with the Cavs' D-League affiliate in Canton. "He's a young guy, but every day he gets a little bit better," said Cavs coach Mike Brown, believed to have been instrumental in the team's stunning decision to take Bennett with the No. 1 pick. "At times, you see glimpses of his potential." CBSSports.com

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Cavs coach Mike Brown said Bennett is coping with the questions about his game. “He’s getting better (dealing with it),” he said. “It’s helped him become a stronger individual. At first, I think it bothered him. He wants to play better and prove to everybody he was worthy of where he was selected. “At first, I think it wore on him. Now, it does bother him, but he’s strong enough to fight through it.” News-Herald

Bennett, 20, said he’s trying to recapture the feeling he had at UNLV, where he was Big West Conference Player of the Year. “I’m trying to get back to my old days like I was in college,” he said. The 6-foot-8, 259-pound Bennett admits this whole process has taken longer than he thought it would. “It’s a tough league,” he said. “It’s not going to come right away. (My teammates) have been really supportive. They are always talking to me during games, before games and in practice. “I guess I’m on the right track.” News-Herald

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Getting stern criticism from the national media, as well as many outlets in Cleveland, was all new to Anthony Bennett. The Cavaliers forward had to learn how to deal with it. “I don’t pay attention to all that,” Bennett said. “That’s people’s opinions. I have to focus on what’s going on here and win some games.” Cavs coach Mike Brown said Bennett is coping with the questions about his game. “He’s getting better (dealing with it),” he said. “It’s helped him become a stronger individual. At first, I think it bothered him. He wants to play better and prove to everybody he was worthy of where he was selected. “At first, I think it wore on him. Now, it does bother him, but he’s strong enough to fight through it.” News-Herald

December 23, 2013 Updates

And the general view on this 2013 NBA draft class is that last spring's predictions were spot-on: it truly is one of the worst in years. That goes for much-maligned No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, too, as the Cavaliers forward has struggled to find a way to score points while shooting 28 percent, and has had trouble even cracking the rotation to get on the court in averaging 10 minutes of action per game. The Cavaliers say Bennett wouldn't see much action even if dominating, though, because they want to bring him along slowly and are committed to veterans who can help them win now. "It's very early," ESPN.com analyst Chad Ford cautions, "but right now, he's looking like the worst in the past 20 years. That includes Greg Oden. Oden was injured all the time, but when he played, he at least looked like a No. 1 pick." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 15, 2013 Updates

Anthony Bennett has made two major changes in recent weeks. He’s hoping both of them can work together to turn around what has been a miserable rookie season. Bennett has changed his diet and lost between 12 and 15 pounds since training camp. He has also taken to watching old films from his college days at UNLV, searching to find the spark that has vanished since he turned pro. “I just have to get back to the player I was in college,” Bennett said. “I was playing with a smile on my face. It was fun, carefree, running up and down a lot. There’s a whole bunch of stuff I can try to get back to.” Akron Beacon Journal

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