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NBA notes: Cavs rookie Bennett has asthma, sleep apnea

Published October 17, 2013 9:45 pm

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Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett, the top pick in this year's NBA Draft, has asthma and sleep apnea.

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."

The 6-foot-8, 259-pound Bennett averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds in his first three NBA preseason games.

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The ceremony took place Thursday night before the Nets hosted the Miami Heat.

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