The fact that Anthony Bennett's very first shot of his very first NBA game was a 3-point attempt that clanged off the side of the backboard had nothing to do with being the last player off the practice court Thursday. At least that's what the Cavaliers' 20-year-old No. 1 draft choice is saying following his debut in Tuesday's preseason victory over Milwaukee. "I wasn't nervous at all" Bennett said dripping from sweat after an extended workout at Cleveland Clinic Courts. "It was my first game back since March or April so I was just trying to get back into the groove." Cavaliers coach Mike Brown agreed that he didn't see many nerves from Bennett against the Bucks. But he did see a few other things. "I saw a few air balls" Brown said. "I saw some not getting back in transition not boxing out. I didn't see the nerves. He might have had nerves. But I did see air balls. That's why he's getting extra shots today." Bennett had a rough exhibition debut but managed to pair his 2-for-12 shooting performance with 10 rebounds. The 6-8 power forward still is adjusting to playing significant minutes for the first time since off-season shoulder surgery. The biggest adjustment he said is getting back his conditioning. Although he said he's at his 240-pound playing weight the Cavaliers would like to see him slimmer in order to be more aggressive. Asked what was the most difficult part of adjusting to the NBA Bennett's answer explained the extra practice.
No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett easing into his role with Cavaliers
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Oct 11