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One more Vegas photo opp with former Rebel Anthony Bennett

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Cleveland forward Anthony Bennett drives to the basket during the Cavaliers NBA Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Cox Pavilion.
Photo: Sam Morris

NBA Summer League: Cleveland vs. Milwaukee | Cox Pavilion | July 11, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett wears custom shoes during the Cavaliers NBA Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Cox Pavilion.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett wears custom shoes during the Cavaliers NBA Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Cox Pavilion.

After shooting UNLV’s solemn locker room following the Rebels’ loss to UC Berkeley in the 2013 NCAA tournament, I figured it would be the last time I would photograph Anthony Bennett. A huge force on the floor his freshman year in college, Bennett was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013, but the pros are at a completely different level, and Bennett was not the impact player Rebel fans believed he would be. Shooting the NBA Summer League last week, I had the opportunity to photograph the Canadian prodigy again—a slimmed-down version, with a more serious demeanor and without the 18-year-old grin.

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