Joe G's Practice Notebook

October 10, 2013
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Anthony Bennett

We’re talking ‘bout practice …

Working Overtime … The Cavaliers hit the road after practice on Thursday and the last player in the gym at Cleveland Clinic Courts was this June’s No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett.

Bennett struggled from the floor in the preseason opener, going 2-for-12 from the floor, 0-for-3 from long-distance and 3-of-8 from the stripe. In his defense, it was his first game action since last spring and with the shoulder injury he rehabbed over the summer, was simply not quite in game-shape.

“(I) just wanted to get some shots up,” said Bennett. “I didn’t like the way I shot the ball in the first preseason game, (and I'm) still trying to improve on that and still trying to get my rhythm back.”

“He’s coming to work every day and he’s trying – and he’s realizing that he can go even harder than what he’s going,” said Coach Brown. “And 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. We’ll let him move or grow as quickly as he does and not put any pressure on him to get there sooner than later. That’s the luxury of being around a group of guys that we have here, they’ll be able to carry him and help him until he can get to a point where he’s ready.”

Bennett will face off against the man picked one spot behind him, Victor Oladipo, on Friday night.

Staying in C-Town … Neither Tyler Zeller (left hip) nor Alonzo Gee (right hamstring) made the Thursday trip to Orlando for Friday’s matchup with the Magic. Both players are progressing well, but were held back just to get some extra treatment.

Gotta Be the Shoes … I’m so old, I remember when NBA players wore either black or white sneaks. The evolution went from bright highlight colors to just bright colored kicks. Sergey Karasev had been sporting the most colorful kicks, but fellow rookie Anthony Bennett jumped into the fray on Thursday – donning a pair of peach-orange-green shoes (pictured above) for practice.

Bennett wore them in the annual Nike EYPL Peach Jam in South Carolina. He tried to describe the color motif, but it was Tad Carper, Cavs VP of Communications & Broadcasting, who came up with the most poignant description, declaring: “This is what happens when pink and orange get into a fight and nobody wins.”

Listen as forward Anthony Bennett and Head Coach Mike Brown discuss Thursday's practice with the media.

ANTHONY BENNETT

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COACH BROWN

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