Anthony Bennett had been one of many Canadian basketball players participating in the second annual OVO Bounce tournament this week in Toronto. He played on Monday in the pro-am and he started playing again on Tuesday. Nothing seemed noteworthy, just the slimmed-down and finally-breathing 21-year-old Cleveland Cavalier playing in front of some fans.
But according to various reports, he was then oddly pulled out early tonight and lounged around at the tournament. The move was reportedly made by Bennett’s agent and he will not play the rest of the event.
Anthony Bennett update: Was agent's call to pull him from the game, not injury-related. Would explain why he seemed fine/cheery throughout.
The tournament, which is being played at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, is sponsored by Drake and named after his label, October’s Very Own. The eight-team tournament will conclude with Saturday’s fifth annual OVO Fest, also to be headlined by Outkast. Other participating players include Tyler Ennis, Jordan Clarkson, Sim Bhullar, Myck Kabongo and Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson.
Bennett’s agent was among the players in the tournament. So it’s certainly possible that there is nothing to be made of this little odd piece of news. But as always, we’re just passing along the update in case anything might be in the works. Of course, Kevin Love withdrew from Team USA amid his uncertain NBA destination status as well.
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