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Players starting to understand Brown's concepts; bigs battling for a roster spot

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 2, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: Mike Brown noticed a difference between the first two days of practice. Some of his messages are sinking in.

The rookies, Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev, struggled through the first day of practice, but Brown said both players looked much better on Wednesday. For Karasev, it's simply a case of rest.

Karasev just landed in Cleveland from Russia on late Sunday night and his body clock hasn't fully adjusted yet. On top of that, he has played all summer and is likely exhausted, although Brown dismisses that because Karasev is only 19.

As for the bottom of the roster, Brown conceded he'd like to carry an extra big on the final 15 because of the health concerns surrounding Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao and even Bennett, who had shoulder surgery over the summer.

The Cavs have Kenny Kadji, Henry Sims and DeSagana Diop as camp invites and at least one spot open at the bottom of the roster. But Brown said he won't keep a bad big over a good guard just to carry another big.

"With the history of Andy and Andrew and even A.B. (Bennett) being injured, you want to make sure you have some depth there. Not just for the games but practices, too," Brown said. "But if we have bigs who can’t play and we have guards who are really, really good, I’m not going to take a big who can’t play just to fill a depth in that area. It’s going to come down to who I think is going to help us win and the right fit for the team."

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