HoopsHype Anthony Bennett rumors

December 12, 2014 Updates

On the Wolves, family is paramount. After the fair, everyone went to dinner at the house of coach Flip Saunders. His son Ryan is an assistant coach. Two sons of retired coach Rick Adelman, for whom Saunders took over, are also on the team’s staff. This is a milieu Wiggins and Bennett know well. Wiggins is one of six kids, Bennett the youngest of three. The party was a good one. Ribs were cooked. Wiggins’ parents and Anthony’s mother were there. It was a salve, the end of a summer in limbo. “It was just long,” says Wiggins of the lead-up to the trade. “Not really knowing where you’re going to end up.” In November, Wiggins sits beside Bennett for an interview in a small, cinderblocked room at Target Center in Minneapolis. Despite the team’s losing ways, both relish the chance to play and improve. “We couldn’t ask for a better position,” Wiggins says. “Like he said,” Bennett adds, “we’re in the best situation we can be.” Toronto Globe & Mail

While Wiggins was born in basketball – his father Mitch played in an NBA final – Bennett came to the game as a teenager, after his mom moved the family to Brampton when he was 10. He is quiet, but teammates know another side. “He comes off like he’s shy but he’s not shy,” says Brewer, who calls Bennett the “music man” for his extensive music catalogue. And on the court, Brewer declares, “once he gets more playing time he’s going to show people why he was the No. 1 pick.” Toronto Globe & Mail

November 10, 2014 Updates

A lot has changed for Bennett. He was traded to Minnesota, part of the package that netted Kevin Love for Cleveland. He dropped 20 pounds, thanks to a more active offseason and a three-week, end-of-summer boot camp with trainer Frank Matrisciano. He had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids, which has helped him sleep. He had laser eye surgery. Bennett has never worn contacts. Can’t put them in his eyes. How bad was his vision before? “You see that white board?” Bennett said recently, pointing to a board no more than 10 feet away. “Last year, I couldn’t read the writing on it.” “Anything far, I couldn’t really see,” Bennett said. “I couldn’t see the people in the stands. Now I can see the scoreboard. I can see what plays coach wants to run.” Sports Illustrated

Saunders has gone out of his way to make Bennett aware that he believes in him. “I believe the biggest thing is we showed that we really care about him,” Saunders said. “We work with him on a daily basis, whether it is in the film room or on the floor or just talking to him. There is a saying coaches use: A player is only as good as his coach thinks he is. If he feels the coach has confidence in him, he is probably going to play at a higher level. We have a lot of confidence in him.” Sports Illustrated

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“Anything far, I couldn’t really see,” Bennett said. “I couldn’t see the people in the stands. Now I can see the scoreboard. I can see what plays coach wants to run.” In Minnesota, Flip Saunders has tried to help Bennett by simplifying things for him. “He came in and the first thing I said to him was there are two things you are not going to do: You’re not going to play small forward and you are not going to shoot three’s,” Saunders said. “Everyone has different ideas. That was just my evaluation. I believe right now he has a comfort level because he understands the position he is and what is expected of him.” Sports Illustrated

Bennett’s numbers early on have not been eye-popping. He is averaging 7.3 points in 15 minutes. He plays behind starter Thaddeus Young, getting the chunk of his minutes in the second and third quarters. But occasionally he shows signs of his enormous potential. Against Brooklyn, Bennett caught a pass in the paint and threw down a ferocious two-handed dunk over Nets center Mason Plumlee. At 21, Bennett has a lot to learn but for the first time he knows what is expected of him. “Last year I felt like I was always playing catch up,” Bennett said. “This year, I know what coach wants from me. It feels a lot different.” Sports Illustrated

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Love was traded away in the offseason to Cleveland in a blockbuster move to acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young. Wiggins was the centerpiece of the deal, and the Timberwolves are hoping he might be the face of the franchise in future years. It also appears he wants to stay here as he recently purchased a home in Minneapolis. “One thing a lot of people don’t know is he moved his entire family up here, his younger sisters, his mom and dad. They bought a house here in the Twin Cities,” Timberwolves vice president of communications Brad Ruiter told WCCO-TV’s Ali Lucia on WCCO This Morning. “The fact that he moved his entire family up here tells me that he wants to put some roots down here.” CBS Minnesota

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