With his foot just above the three point line, the old Anthony Bennett could have planted his foot and shoot the ball after a good pass. However, it was a different Anthony this time. Bennett in a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Lakers immediately attacked the basket…going straight, against all odds and against the long outstretched hands of the Lakers 7-foot rookie center, Robert Upshaw.
The 2013 Number one overall draft, came out a surprise to everyone. Anthony was a decent double-double (average double-digit points and rebounds) player, he was a bit undersized who had a shoulder injury just a month before the draft. But the Cleveland Cavaliers took him as their top pick in a not so stellar NBA draft. After a mediocre rookie season Bennett was believed to be ranked as one of the worst overall pick in NBA history. From Cleveland he was traded to Minnesota where he was waived last September on a contract buyout. Now playing in his hometown Toronto, Anthony signed a one-year deal to prove that he is worth the player everyone expected him to be. Nothing is laid in a bed of roses this time. If Anthony wanted something so bad, he just have to work hard for it. No excuses for coming to training camp overweight, no more unadvised long range shots, if Anthony needs to be the man then he needs to be the man. 2013 is two years behind now, if there are a cloud of doubts about his skills, then let them eat their words for it.
As Anthony Bennett drove towards the basket, you could see the anger inside his eyes. With all the failed expectations, all the heartaches and pains… this is a man on a mission.
One dunk in a preseason game, doesn’t count as redemption. But it gives a chilling message.
And nothing’s going to stop Anthony now.