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Cavaliers’ Anthony Bennett has surgery to improve sleep condition

May 13, 2014, 11:06 PM EDT

source: AP

Anytime you hear about a player selected number one overall in the draft needing surgery following his first season in the league, it’s normally cause for concern, especially for fans of that particular franchise.

But the one recently undergone by the Cavaliers’ Anthony Bennett was elective, and was done for a reason more interesting than usual.

From the Associated Press:

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett had his tonsils and adenoids removed to help improve a sleep condition.

Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, underwent successful tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, the team said. Bennett had a disappointing rookie season with the Cavs, averaging just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games.

He got off to a slow start after missing most of last summer as he recovered from shoulder surgery. He began the season out of shape and then it was revealed Bennett suffers from sleep apnea and asthma.

The surgery wasn’t required, but it seems like a smart decision given all that’s at stake.

Players are on insane schedules that make sleeping, even when they have the time to do so, an extraordinary challenge. The topic was covered in detail at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, where the data shows that sleep (or a lack thereof) has a real impact on performance.

Bennett is expected to make a full recovery in time to play for the Cavaliers at Summer League in Las Vegas, which begins July 11.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Anthony Bennett got the T&A? But I thought Ava Devine would only visit the Cavaliers if they won the championship.

    • zoomy123 - May 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM


      • don444 - May 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Hilarious, huh? lol Moron.

      • zoomy123 - May 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Don’t be such a poor sport.

  2. balfe13 - May 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Sleeping condition huh? Good for him to get that fixed. Maybe he won’t sleep through the first half of the season next year.

    …I’ll show myself out. Sorry.

    • 00maltliquor - May 14, 2014 at 5:33 AM


  3. innovativethinking87 - May 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    By far one of the worst number 1 picks of all time. In fact make that in all sports period

    • balfe13 - May 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      You must be under 18 years old. There’s no way you can actually make that claim; he’s had one year in the league. He has a lot of time to improve and be far from the worst #1 pick ever.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - May 14, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Another troll or dolt? So hard to tell these days…

    • 00maltliquor - May 14, 2014 at 5:34 AM

      JaMarcus Russell

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      How can something be BY FAR …. ONE of the worst of all time? So he’s BY FAR the third worst pick of all time?

    • don444 - May 15, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Know much about the history of sports in general? Don’t lie, simply be a man about it and admit that you don’t.

  4. allidoiswin55 - May 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Lol I had this exact same surgery when I was 5 . It’s makes a big deal in breathing and especially breathing while sleeping .

    • don444 - May 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are plain and simply not nearly as common as they once were.

      • don444 - May 15, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        … amongst adults that is

  5. campcouch - May 14, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Get well man. Lousy rookie season aside,sleep apnea sucks. Watched many friends suffer from it.

  6. timb12 - May 14, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    He could be sold as the worst first pick of all time. Granted this is all after one season…if he doesn’t dramatically improve, he wasn’t really a bust, there weren’t crazy expectations for him, he hasn’t been derailed by injuries, it was just a poor pick. Ugh, I have to throw in the disclaimer of “so far” because obviously he’s not done in the league and had Mike Brown as a coach. But he would go down as the worst pick, just not the biggest bust.

  7. 1harrypairatesties - May 14, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Excuses, Excuses! You suck Dude just admit it. One of many great college players to Suck in the pros.

    • don444 - May 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Stupid comments from an undoubtedly stupid person.

  8. zerole00 - May 14, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Why bother giving the Cavaliers or Bobcats high draft picks at this point? Whether it’s #1 or #30, chances are they’re going to be underwhelming or straight out bust.

  9. chiadam - May 14, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    I’m no Jay Bilas, but when you hear a player’s name, struggle to place it, and then remember that he was the first overall pick in the draft, that might be a bad pick.

    • don444 - May 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Oh please, I could give you a sentence or two of background info on practically every No.1 overall draft pick in the NBA going back to at least the late 50s, so perhaps your struggle to even place the most recent such pick simply says that you’re not that bright. Everything is relative in life.

  10. thundercocck - May 14, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    At least he has a city behind his back in the summer league.

    • don444 - May 16, 2014 at 4:43 AM

      Seriously? He’ll need much more than that going forward if he’s going to turn around a highly inauspicious introduction to the NBA. “Fat Tony” being the very BEST player in this year’s Las Vegas Summer League won’t help him much if he can’t translate that to the court against MUCH better competition come November. There’s a fine line in life between being gracious and being stupid, so try not to cross it if you can.

      • thundercocck - May 24, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Let me borrow one of your earlier comments Mr.Hypocrite

        “don444 – May 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM
        Stupid comments from an undoubtedly stupid person.”

  11. duhwighthoward - May 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Now all he needs is Gastric Bypass surgery.

  12. ebecks34 - May 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Cavs fans wish he had a surgery to improve his jumpshot

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