Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett has reportedly dropped 12-15 pounds since he arrived in training camp this past October. Bennett showed up to camp overweight and out of shape, having missed several weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury which prevented him from working out for teams during the draft process. The secret? Bennett has cut out a lot of dairy products, considerably reduced his carbohydrate intake and is focusing on proteins and water while avoiding juices.
“I wasn’t really worried about my weight at all because I was still playing, still running up and down and I felt good,” Bennett said. “But I felt like I needed to get back to my playing weight [of 240 pounds].”
The No. 1 overall pick has had a rough start to his NBA career, averaging 2.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, having been relegated to the end of head coach Mike Brown’s bench. In effort to improve his lackluster play, Bennett has taken to watching videos of himself in the NCAA where he was a dynamic and explosive power forward for the UNLV Running Rebels.
“I just have to get back to the player I was in college,” said Bennett. “I was playing with a smile on my face. It was fun, carefree, running up and down a lot. There’s a whole bunch of stuff I can try to get back to.”
In nine minutes off of the bench this past Friday, Bennett was 3-for-5 for six points, adding two rebounds.