Earlier this preseason, there were reports that Anthony Bennett had been dealing with conditioning problems. But on Thursday, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown revealed the real issue with Bennett — that he’s dealing with asthma and sleep apnea.
Bennett has had some breathing issues during workouts and in preseason games, and him being sometimes winded had been attributed to him not being able to work out as much this summer after undergoing shoulder surgery in May. But Brown said Bennett also deals with asthma and wears a mask at night for his sleep apnea.
“It’s a culmination of a lot of things,” Brown said. “The shoulder, he’s been out for a while, he’s got asthma. We’re throwing a lot at him. He’s probably never played this hard against this competition in his life. He’s got sleep apnea and some other things. He likes to stay up late.”
So far it really hasn’t been an issue and Brown hasn’t said otherwise. Though, he did admit that it’s difficult to watch Bennett struggle while trying to catch his breath while on the court.
“It’s been tiring to watch him because every time I watch him he’s (gasping),” Brown said. “It makes me tired, so I try not to look at him. I tell him, `If you need a sub, just tell me. Otherwise I’m not going to look at you.”‘
Bennett has averaged 10.5 points, 5.3 rebounds in about 21 minutes per game.