HoopsHype Anthony Bennett rumors

December 1, 2013 Updates

The first 16 games have been a disaster for Anthony Bennett. Entering Saturday’s home game against the Chicago Bulls, Bennett played fewer minutes and scored fewer points than undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova and equaled C.J. Miles’ turnover total in 80 less minutes. Nothing the Cavs have tried thus far with Bennett has worked. So here’s an idea… Start him. Crazier yet, start him at small forward, a position where he has hardly ever practiced in his life. At this point, what do the Cavs have to lose? Another game? Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said he has considered the idea. Akron Beacon Journal

The day after they drafted Bennett, the Cavs made it clear he was strictly a power forward this season. Privately, a number of people within the organization envisioned his long-term future in the NBA as a small forward, but Bennett was a raw 19-year-old who had only ever played power forward and center. The Cavs wanted to keep things as simple as possible during his transition to the NBA, so they committed to keeping him at power forward for this season. Akron Beacon Journal

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The discontent remained, reappeared for many of the Cavaliers' 16 turnovers, and returned with gusto in the fourth quarter when 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett let sail a 3-pointer that missed everything – and dashed momentum after a 9-2 Cleveland run. "It doesn't faze me," Irving said of the home-crowd boos. "It doesn't matter. We come out here and play the game, and that's it. They're the best fans in the world, whether they boo or cheer us, they're there for us. That's all that matters." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Speaking of Bennett, I jokingly asked Jarrett Jack if he would start fining Bennett for every 3-pointer he misses. “I’m going to get mad at him if he doesn’t shoot it,” Jack said. “He’s capable. Over the course of an 82-game season, you’re going to have a rough shooting patch. All of us are. That’s part of that rookie wall process. Obviously you want to come in right away and hit the ground running, but this is the NBA. It doesn’t always happen like that. Every book you read isn’t always a fairy tale. Throughout the season, you’re going to have peaks and valleys. How you handle those, that’s the make-up of a professional and you have to understand you’re a man now. There’s no hiding anymore. And he’s been taking it in stride every day, just constantly trying to get better, constantly working hard and constantly working at it. That’s all you can ask for of anybody in his position.” Akron Beacon Journal

November 11, 2013 Updates

Jason Lloyd: Anthony Bennett is available. Shoulder isn't keeping him out. MBrown obviously letting him clear his head a little. Didn't play in 1st half Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

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Brown on the advice he gave to struggling rookie Anthony Bennett: ''Go out there, have fun, be the animal that you were in college. … Be yourself. Just attack. If you're open from 3, shoot with confidence. You'll be fine. Be the man that you were last year.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 4, 2013 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers used the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft to select forward Anthony Bennett. The Cavs have now played three regular season games and he's yet to make a field goal after 12 attempts. ESPN.com

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