Bucks’ Larry Sanders Out For the Rest of Preseason
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders will sit out the remainder of the NBA preseason with a minor surgery according to Bucks General Manager John Hammond.
Not a Serious One
Although some Bucks’ fans are wary about the fact that the nature of the surgical procedure wasn’t revealed to the public, everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the team announced that Sanders would be ready to go on opening night. Sanders had missed all of last week’s practices after being previously listed as “with an illness.” That status was changed to “injured” later in the week with Sanders undergoing what was disclosed as a minor surgery. However, GM Hammond said in a statement last Friday that the procedure was an outpatient surgery and that it wasn’t a serious one.
A Disappointing 2014 Season
The Bucks are looking forward to the return of the 6-11 VCU product who played just 23 games last season after being re-signed to a four year $44M deal in the summer of 2013.
Sanders missed 25 games last season after suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb as a result of an off-court altercation at a Milwaukee nightclub last December 2013. Sanders was able to return briefly but would suffer a fractured orbital bone in March that would cause him to miss the remainder of the season. He capped his disappointing 2014 season by getting a five game suspension for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug policy after testing positive for marijuana.
Getting Back on Track
Sanders was given a big contract extension after an impressive 2013 season where he finished third in the voting for Most Improved Player Award. But instead of living up to the expectation of becoming the team’s new cornerstone for his tough brand of play and defense, Sanders fell from grace as fast as he rose to fame. But with the injuries and off-court woes behind him now, Sanders was focused on getting back on the right track with a brand new coach in Jason Kidd and a future NBA superstar teammate in Jabari Parker.
The Bucks believe that a healthy and focused Sanders will finally live up to his lofty expectations this season as a defensive force with his rebounding and shot blocking skills. The former 15th pick of the 2011 draft t had a good start in this preseason, averaging a solid double-double with 10.7 points and 10 rebounds per game in three preseason games before being declared out for the remainder of the preseason.
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