Cavs plan to bring Anthony Bennett along slowly

The good part about it is we have guys and we don’t have to rely on him as most teams would a No. 1 pick, so we can bring him along slowly. We’ll let him move and grow as quickly as he does, and not put any pressure on him to get there sooner rather than later. It’s a luxury of being around the group of guys we have here. They’ll be able to carry him until he can get to a point where he’s ready.

— Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown on the No. 1 overall pick for this season, forward Anthony Bennett. Bennett, coming back from a shoulder injury that kept him out for most of the summer, went just 2-for-12 in his NBA preaseason debut, but also pulled down 10 rebounds. The team plans to deploy Bennett off of the bench with Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao also seeing time at the power forward spot. “It was my first game back since March or April, so I was just trying to get back into the groove,” said Bennett.

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(Source: Jodie Valade, Cleveland.com)

  • MoreGolfLessWork

    i like the sounds of this

  • thenoclist

    I thought the Cavs looked great as a team in that first preseason game, but Bennett looked very starstruck to be on the big stage, as well as terribly out of shape. Can’t blame him he just came back from a shoulder and hasn’t been able to condition, though. Hope he makes good progress.

  • MTM720

    For me, it’s a tough pill to swallow that we draft a guy #1 and have to “bring him along slowly”…. Meanwhile guys like Oladipo, Porter, and McLemore appear to be able to hit the ground running. It’s also highly disappointing that Bennett is totally out of shape as well.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Bennett was a stud tonight against Orlando. Has plenty of work to do especially conditioning and strengthening but the talent is plentiful!