Could the king of flop be turning a little weird?
After missing the first several weeks of the season with an injured sense of self-worth, Cavs forward Anderson Varejao is back – and he’s making an impact on more than just wig sales.
Following a lengthy contract stand-off, the floppy-haired flopper is averaging career highs in points (8.2), minutes (29), rebounds (8.9), and assists (1.2), proving once and for all that boorish agents and a total lack of team spirit are really good for your game. “I worked on my shot, I worked on my jump-hook,” Varejao says of his time off, which he spent training in Brazil. “I’ve got a lot of confidence.”
But along with a reliable 15-footer and the healthiest tan in Cleveland, Varejao also returned from Brazil with a new and unhealthy obsession. After both practices last week, while his teammates retreated to the locker room, Varejao found an empty basket and started launching shots – from half court. On Tuesday, it seemed like an amusing little game; he heaved a few, knocked one in, and quit. But on Thursday, it looked different. Diagnosable, you might say…