The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a funk since the departure of LeBron James and haven’t been close to sniffing the playoffs over the past three seasons. With emerging star Kyrie Irving leading the way, though, they are looking to change that pattern this season. They’re also hoping Andrew Bynum will eventually come around to becoming a full-time starter for them to form a dangerous tandem between the point guard and the center. Things have looked reasonable so far, as the team managed to edge the previously unbeaten Minnesota Timberwolves 93-92 on Monday.
Bennett, who showed some flashes of brilliance in the preseason, has yet to make a field goal in his first four games. The forward isn’t scoreless – he had two points in the first game of the season with two free throws, but has missed all 15 of his field goal attempts, including eight from beyond the arc. To be fair, he has not gotten much of a chance to stay on the floor, staying no longer than 15 minutes in any of the games.
Still, it’s an ominous start for any first overall pick, and the situation seems to be getting the best of him in the early going:
Going ghost for a bit, think it’s be best for me at this point .. If you don’t have my number DM me
— Anthony Bennett (@AnthonyBennett) November 5, 2013
You never want to see a rookie with high expectations to struggle to this extent. Hopefully, Bennett will come around and get through this rough patch to help the Cavaliers become a relevant team again when the calendar flips to May. If he doesn’t, he might have to take the Klay Thompson route and delete twitter altogether – twitter can be a cruel place when you are struggling as an athlete.
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.