Cleveland coach Mike Brown revealed Bennett’s conditions Thursday night before the Cavs hosted the Detroit Pistons in an exhibition game. Bennett’s asthma was not widely known and obviously did not prevent the Cavs from taking the former UNLV star in June’s draft.
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.
Coach Brown has made it clear that Bennett’s medical issues are in fact evident to him and other people within the organization.
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.
Through three games in his first NBA preseason, Bennett has averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds.