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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anthony Bennett Undergoes Surgery to Treat Sleep Apnea

Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, underwent tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, May 13, in an effort to alleviate his sleep apnea symptoms.

According to The Associated Press, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward averaged just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games, making for a disappointing rookie season. The 21-year-old Canadian has been plagued with health issues since entering the NBA.

“He got off to a slow start after missing most of last summer as he recovered from shoulder surgery,” states the source. “He began the season out of shape and then it was revealed Bennett suffers from sleep apnea and asthma.”

The news outlet reports that Bennett is expected to recover fully in time for this year’s summer league.

Bennett isn’t the only athlete who suffers from sleep apnea.  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal are a few of the other athletes who undergo treatment for this disorder.

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