Anthony Bennett sprains right shoulder and leaves game scoreless…again
Anthony Bennett’s horrific NBA start got even worse last night as the #1 pick suffered a sprained right shoulder 5 minutes into the game. Although he didn’t even have a chance to attempt a field goal, Friday’s game marks the 4th time in 6 six games that Bennett failed to score a point and 5th time in 6 games he failed to make a field goal. He now has a total of 5 points, 17 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks which gives him an average of .8pts, 2.8rebs, .2ast, 1stl and .3blks a game.
I still don’t agree that he should have been the #1 pick but I also think it’s way, way too early to call him bust eventhough his numbers so far are even laughable to Kwame Brown.
Hopefully we will have an update on his shoulder soon but what really worries me is Bennett’s mental state. When he suffered a torn rotator cuff in college, Bennett got pretty down about it.
“It’s been tough for me. Kind of depressing, too, that I’m hurt,” Bennett said. “Could’ve had this fixed earlier in the season, but I didn’t know what it was. I’m just happy I got it out the way. It’s a long process, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to come back 100 percent.”
Last week after his first couple of duds in the league and some self-motivational tweets, Bennett took a vacation from Twitter and hasn’t returned to his followers since. I’m not saying he’s going to turn into Royce White but we have seen lots of talented players never reach their potential once they lost their confidence. I would hate to see that happen to Anthony and the Cavs because the last thing Cleveland needs to do is shed another tear over another #1 pick.