Andrew Bynum still hasn’t been cleared for contact and, therefore, isn’t likely to be ready when the Cavaliers open training camp next week, but that hasn’t soured coach Mike Brown’s opinion of him.
Brown still believes Bynum can be one of the best centers — ever.
“He could very easily be the best center in the game,” Brown said. “Not only the game today, but he’s skilled enough and has the rest of the tools to be one of the best ever.”
Bynum is now running on treadmills, but has not resumed contact drills on the court, Brown said Monday at the team’s charity golf outing at Firestone Country Club. There is still no timetable for Bynum’s return, and no one in the organization is pressing him after his lengthy history of knee troubles.
“I’m not in any rush to get him back,” Brown said. “Obviously it’d be great if he’s here for opening day and practicing. If he’s not, I’m more than OK with it. We have a lot of guys capable of stepping up and playing or practicing until he is ready to go.”
Cavs General Manager Chris Grant said Bynum has been spending most of his time in the weight room and training room, but that he is making “significant progress” and is hopeful of the possibilities surrounding Bynum this season just because of how hard he has worked.
“He’s been more committed than most players I’ve seen over almost 20 years. He’s really done a nice job,” Grant said. “He’s not there yet to where he’s playing, but he’s starting to participate and do things at a level we’re cautiously optimistic about. It’s a day-to-day, week-by-week process. He did miss all last year, so we have to make sure we put him in a position to succeed and make sure we’re cautious as we move into training camp and beyond.”
Top overall pick Anthony Bennett is fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery and has been playing 5-on-5 pickup games at the Cleveland Clinic Courts for a couple of weeks.
Bennett said he knew he was all the way back and healthy when he started dunking again. He appeared a little heavy and said he weighs 255. He has about 10 pounds to shed during camp, but no one seems overly concerned with his weight.
“They said it doesn’t really matter what my weight is, as long as I’m playing fine,” he said.
Dion Waiters became a father over the summer when Dion Rhamik Waiters was born June 7, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 21½ inches long. And yes, Waiters can recite all the statistics off the top of his head.
He is not Dion Jr., however. He named his son “Rhamik” after his best friend who was killed five years ago. Waiters said his son is in Philadelphia now, but will be moving to Cleveland.
“You look at life different, just knowing you’ve got to do the right thing because someone else is watching. It made me grow up fast,” Waiters said. “It’s a great feeling — the best feeling in the world.”
Twinsburg native James Posey has been named an assistant coach with the Development League’s Canton Charge. Posey, 36, played for six NBA teams over 12 seasons after he was a first-round pick of the Denver Nuggets in 1999.
This will be his first coaching job under first-year Charge coach Steve Hetzel.
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