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Milwaukee assistant GM says Larry Sanders “absolutely” in team plans


Two years ago, Larry Sanders looked like a potential future core piece in Milwaukee, a defensive and rebounding force in the paint (that got him a four-year, $44 million extension).

Last season was about as bad as it could get for Sanders: When he played he took a step back on the court, but he played in only 23 games missing most of that time after hand surgery needed because he shredded a ligament during a bar fight. He fought with teammates. He got cited by police for leaving his dogs out in the cold. He was suspended five games by the NBA for violating the league’s drug policy on marijuana use (which you have to test positive for three different times to earn a suspension). Oh, and there were the games missed for a broken eye socket (but that happened during a game).

It has a lot of people wondering if the Bucks planned to keep Sanders around or dump him the first chance they got. There have been enough trade rumors out there to make it clear the Bucks are at least listened to offers.

However, Bucks assistant general manager David Morway told HoopsHype’s David Alarcon nope, they still see Sanders as part of the future in Milwaukee.

“Absolutely. Yeah, yeah. Larry is in our future plans. We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago. He is a defensive presence and a game changer on the court. So when you have his length along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, John Henson and then Zaza Pachulia, Damien Inglis, who is very long, and if you play Khris Middleton at the two… We are a fairly long team. We’ve got good experience with OJ Mayo, Jerryd Bayless… And we like Kendall Marshall. So we are excited for next year.”

What else is he going to say? Even if the Bucks plan to dump Sanders for the first warm body offered, you don’t say that lest you get lowballed. You say you love your young players right up to the moment you trade them away.

That said, moving a guy who had all those issues and whose $44 million deal kicks in this year will not be easy. They are not likely to get great value back.

The Bucks have the pieces where you can start to see a young core coming together — Henson, Parker and Antetokounmpo for sure up front. The Sanders of two years ago would fit in great with that group. It would be the smart play from the Bucks to see if Sanders can fit in with them on the court, find his old groove, and put the bong down for a season.

Of course, if he does all that the trade offers that come in will be legitimate, and the Bucks will have a different question to answer.

O.J. Mayo tells his side of the story of playing one-on-one with Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

O.J. Mayo

As part of a wide-ranging interview to promote the release of NBA 2K14, Michael Jordan said a lot of semi-interesting things that became newsworthy.

One of the more entertaining stories Jordan told was one of a young O.J. Mayo, fresh out of high school, attending Jordan’s camp and immediately beginning to engage the legend in a trash-talking, on-court battle. Jordan says he had to clear the gym of his campers to properly be able to jaw back, and taught Mayo a lesson about respecting the game’s greatest player in a one-on-one setting.

“I’m playing in my camp against O.J. Mayo, he was a top high school kid coming out,” Jordan says. “And I had never met him. First time. In front of my camp, he starts this thing about ‘you can’t guard me, you can’t do this.’ I got my campers here, so obviously I can’t really can’t go where I want to go because I own my camp. So I stop the camp, send the kids to bed.

“We go back to playing, and he starts his whole thing ‘you can’t guard me.’ Finally I just said, ‘You may be the best high school player, but I’m the best player in the world.’ So from this point on, it’s a lesson. And from that point on, it was a lesson. He never won a game. I posted him up, I did everything.”

Tales like these can often get distorted over time, but hearing Mayo’s side of the story (as seen in the video clip above), it seems like Jordan’s memory is as good now as his fadeaway jumper was back then.

Ed Davis won’t play Summer League for Grizzlies because he was asked to ‘by a coach who doesn’t have a job’

Lionel Hollins, Ed Davis

Go ahead and file this under comedy more than anything else, and be thankful that we have a medium like Twitter where athletes can jump in and publicly provide immediate feedback to any discussion involving them personally.

Ed Davis came to Memphis last season in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, but had a hard time getting off the bench under then-head coach Lionel Hollins, especially in the postseason.

Since Hollins — whose contract wasn’t renewed due to differences with the team’s new management — wasn’t exactly all-in on Davis, it’s not surprising that Davis wouldn’t be all that interested in heeding his former coach’s advice.

It all started when Ronald Tillery, the Grizzlies beat writer for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, hinted that Davis might be better off going to Summer League to further develop his game, even though it wasn’t required.

Then, Davis responded — hilariously. Here was the exchange, via Memphisport.com.


Davis appears to have deleted his portion of the conversation from his feed, but you can see a retweet of the funniest one on Tillery’s feed here.