By Jason Lloyd
Beacon Journal sports writer
Just what is the league perception of the Cavs handling of Anthony Bennett? @TH_Da_06er
Teams I’ve spoke to are surprised at how badly he has struggled. Most everyone had him in their top 10, and probably their top seven or eight. And since there was so little separation between the top handful of players, no one has said they saw this coming.
As far as his handling, I presume you mean the fact he’s not playing much and he’s not in the D-League. I haven’t specifically asked anyone with another team about that, but I can tell you this recent outcry to send him to the D-League is a far bigger deal publicly than it is within the Cavs. He’s not going, period. That could change in the future, but for now, he’s staying put.
What’s the biggest problem for the Cavs right now? @maxzhang23
Sadly, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. I don’t know if this is their biggest problem, but I’ve come to the conclusion recently that this team lacks mental toughness. They tend to crumble too easily when most teams should keep fighting. I don’t know if that’s a product of the youth or the constant losing of the last three years.
Mike Brown said last week the losing that has infested this franchise for the last three years doesn’t dissipate overnight. That has certainly proved to be true this season. If the Cavs could simply adopt the Chicago Bulls’ concept of playing hard every night, regardless of the score or personnel, this team could easily have three to five more wins, if not more.
Does Adam Silver do something about the officiating in this league? It really has been abysmal this year. @SteelSmack
I’ll go a slightly different direction. I’m interested to see what Silver addresses first upon taking over next month. There seems to be a push in various sectors to address the draft lottery and the growing number of teams tanking every year. The league seems open to tweaking the system. We’ll see.
I try to stay out of the officiating debate. It’s an incredibly difficult job with very, very little time to react. I was amazed watching the league’s “points of emphasis” video prior to last season how razor thin of a line there is oftentimes between a charge and a blocking foul, for instance. It’s a tough, tough job. Having said that, yes, I have seen some truly awful officiated games this season.