Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

Anthony Bennett, Steven Adams bring NBA Draft to new international levels


NEW YORK – Anthony Bennett – who became the NBA’s highest-drafted Canadian when the Cavaliers picked him No. 1 in last night’s NBA Draft – said seven dangerous words in his press conference.

“I’m not a big fan of hockey,” Bennett said as reporters shot each other nervous looks, wondering what fate his home country would deal him for those comments.

“But I support the Maple Leafs,” Bennett continued, hopefully saving his reputation in the Great White North.

Bennett surpassed new teammate Tristan Thompson, whom the Cavaliers picked fourth in 2011, as the highest-drafted Canadian.

He wasn’t the only international player setting a new mark for his country. Steven Adams, drafted at No. 12 by the Thunder, became the highest-drafted player from New Zealand.

There had been just three NBA players from New Zealand – Aron Baynes, Sean Marks and Kirk Penney – and Marks was the only of trio to be drafted, No. 44 in 1998.

Don’t put away the record books just yet. As Bennett was quick to point out, another Canadian, Andrew Wiggins, could go No. 1 next year.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.