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How Anthony Bennett first caught Mike Brown's eye

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09:53 AM ET 06.30 | Cavaliers' head coach Mike Brown watched Anthony Bennett play in person twice, and a few times on television. But not because he was scouting Bennett. He had been fired after five games with the Lakers and had free time. "My son [Elijah] played with [UNLV guard] Katin Reinhardt," said Brown. "So when I went to the games, I was really watching him." Brown was impressed with Bennett. "I was like a fan, I cheered and got excited when he dunked," he said. "I could see the talent. But I wasn't thinking [about coaching him] until we were looking at the draft." Brown said Bennett is a natural power forward, and he'll battle Thompson for playing time. Thompson also will play some backup center.

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June 30, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Welcome To Basketball Hell, Bro.

June 30, 2013  10:51 AM ET

As a Canadian I'm becoming a Cavaliers' fan.

June 30, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Who cares about the Cavs. The NBA by allowing all these #1 picks that keep coming Clevelands way is Lebron James. This is make up for Lebron leaving the Cavs and going to Miami. Just like when Lebron was drafted who was the lucky team to when the white ball that landed him in Cleveland like when the Knicks landed Ewing. It's all set up by the league on who goes where like Chris Paul going to the Clippers and not the Lakers Mr Stern.

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June 30, 2013  12:20 PM ET

It's couldn't care less...

June 30, 2013  12:42 PM ET

Cavs have some decent talent now, perhaps next year LBJ will decide to come back?

June 30, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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Who cares about the Cavs. The NBA by allowing all these #1 picks that keep coming Clevelands way is Lebron James. This is make up for Lebron leaving the Cavs and going to Miami. Just like when Lebron was drafted who was the lucky team to when the white ball that landed him in Cleveland like when the Knicks landed Ewing. It's all set up by the league on who goes where like Chris Paul going to the Clippers and not the Lakers Mr Stern.

This was one of the hardest paragraphs I've ever tried to follow.

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June 30, 2013  01:42 PM ET
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I would think that Cavs fans care about the Cavs. And actually I'm pretty sure Cavs fans could care less what you think. Between the Browns, Indians & Cavs the Cleveland bashing has become old news.

Cleveland fans cared when Lebron was there because the stadium was packed every home game. The owners didn't care because he didn't build a strong enough team around Lebron who took them to the NBA finals and loss against the Spurs because of a weak supporting cast. Now you have an injury prone star and part-time player in Irving. With the help of the NBA the lucky white ball keeps bouncing Clevelands way so they can try and build a them around a part-time star. Last time Cleveland had a championship team was when Jim Brown put the Browns on his back and carried them and he got tired and quit in his prime.

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June 30, 2013  02:10 PM ET
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Cleveland fans cared when Lebron was there because the stadium was packed every home game. The owners didn't care because he didn't build a strong enough team around Lebron who took them to the NBA finals and loss against the Spurs because of a weak supporting cast. Now you have an injury prone star and part-time player in Irving. With the help of the NBA the lucky white ball keeps bouncing Clevelands way so they can try and build a them around a part-time star. Last time Cleveland had a championship team was when Jim Brown put the Browns on his back and carried them and he got tired and quit in his prime.

This is a typical response to someone who watches from a distance and has no idea what's going on. As WAMU said, he was given everything. They tried to get Redd or Allen to compliment him, but they wouldn't come. So they settled for Hughes. They pulled a huge trade and got big names like Ben Wallace, Wally, Joe Smith and Delonte West at the trade deadline and nothing. They took Shaq (albeit at the end of his career)but it didn't help. They lost constant draft picks over trying to make him happy. This also as WAMU said while letting his mother and cronies interject themselves into bball business. And if the NBA was trying to make them good again, why give them the #1 in the most average draft of all time?

June 30, 2013  02:33 PM ET

Bennett and Kyrie in the pick and roll will be a lot of fun to watch.....Bennett is a very interesting talent-

while he is a little short for power forward, the guy is an absolute bull- 6 foot 7 about- and he has a back to the basket game- but he can also step out and hit the 3- he is a very good athlete and will be awesome running the floor in transition

he just needs to A. learn some defense and the Cavs have the right coach for that and B. he has to continue to improve- if he can really refine his shot and become a very good shooter he has the potential to be a very very good player


and I think him and TT can co-exist together- TT can actually play center- especially against teams that are smaller and go with smaller lineups...and TT is more of a rebounder/defensive player while Bennett is a guy who can just absolutely fill it up....TT can play a little center, and Bennett can play a little SF so they should be fine together

June 30, 2013  02:50 PM ET
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This is a typical response to someone who watches from a distance and has no idea what's going on. As WAMU said, he was given everything. They tried to get Redd or Allen to compliment him, but they wouldn't come. So they settled for Hughes. They pulled a huge trade and got big names like Ben Wallace, Wally, Joe Smith and Delonte West at the trade deadline and nothing. They took Shaq (albeit at the end of his career)but it didn't help. They lost constant draft picks over trying to make him happy. This also as WAMU said while letting his mother and cronies interject themselves into bball business. And if the NBA was trying to make them good again, why give them the #1 in the most average draft of all time?

I guess you figured all my mum-bo-jumbo out. I'm not someone writing a book and perfect like you but obviously you get the point. Shaq , Joe Smith and Ben Wallace who's little brother got drafted the other night man please . If that's what they thought was going to keep Lebron I see why he bolted. Lebron's mother should have a say in where he goes along with a few of the guys he grew up and played in high school with him. I wouldn't trust or put any faith in your know it all behind.

June 30, 2013  02:53 PM ET
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Bennett and Kyrie in the pick and roll will be a lot of fun to watch.....Bennett is a very interesting talent-while he is a little short for power forward, the guy is an absolute bull- 6 foot 7 about- and he has a back to the basket game- but he can also step out and hit the 3- he is a very good athlete and will be awesome running the floor in transitionhe just needs to A. learn some defense and the Cavs have the right coach for that and B. he has to continue to improve- if he can really refine his shot and become a very good shooter he has the potential to be a very very good playerand I think him and TT can co-exist together- TT can actually play center- especially against teams that are smaller and go with smaller lineups...and TT is more of a rebounder/defensive player while Bennett is a guy who can just absolutely fill it up....TT can play a little center, and Bennett can play a little SF so they should be fine together

If Kryie can stay healthy but we'll see.

June 30, 2013  03:02 PM ET
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Do you even realize that once Gilbert bought the Cavs he gave LJB everything he asked for? Even going as far as giving LBJ's boyz BS jobs within the organization to keep him happy. Don't blame Gilbert for the Cavs poor supporting cast, blame LeBron. Those where the players he wanted.

The president of basketball and vice president of basketball operations along with the GM and coach should have had a say in building a team around Lebron not Gilbert. His job is to sign on the dotted line for the best players to compliment Lebron's talent and win a championship. Why would I blame Lebron he was a kid not a mature 27 year old capable of making those kind of decision. This was Gilberts sandbox Lebron was playing in not Lebron's. Pat Riley and Mickey got it right because they have been to 3 finals and won 2. Bringing in a Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Chris Anderson over the years.

June 30, 2013  03:03 PM ET
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If Kryie can stay healthy but we'll see.

Kyrie should be fine

he was a small, 19 year old kid with no fear when he came into the league playing against grown men....

now that he has some experience, and has matured physically a little bit and been on a NBA pro- weight training program he will be able to withstand that pounding a lot better

its tough for any 19 year old kid outta college to stand up to the rigors of an NBA season....now a 21-22 year old kid thats been on a pro-development schedule for a couple years?

he will be fine- espeically since the Cavs have a lot more depth and talent now so he wont be expected to do it all

June 30, 2013  03:07 PM ET

I just cannot wait to see how the Cavs fill out the roster- I do not expect any big moves ...but ya never know

next offseason is when they will really make a push to get an all-star level talent around Kyrie-

this year they will make the playoffs as a later seed, let the young guys develop more, and show that they are an up and coming team and an attractive place to play- and save a max contract for the next offseason-

starting this year the Cavs will make the playoffs and they should be in the playoffs for a long time coming----after this coming year- when they use that cap space on a long term player (be it Deng, Granger, LeBron, someone else? who knows) is when they will really start competing to do some damage in the playoffs



plus next year they have 2 first rounders again...and 3 2nd roudners in a loaded draft...hmmm...maybe use those to move up?

its gonna be an interesting and intriguing place for free agents to consider- get paid a bunch of money to play on an up and coming team.......



the patience has paid off......anyone that wants to get their rips on the CAvs in better do so in the next couple months

June 30, 2013  03:11 PM ET

Look fannation this is a forum to discuss sports and sports stories. Why can't we do that without english professors trying to hold class and degrade opinions you don't agree with. None of us are getting paid for this it's just our say and not how we say it. So back off!

 
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