Larry Sanders had what can only be described as a disastrous 2014 season with the Bucks.
Less than two months after Milwaukee signed him to a four-year, $44 million contract extension, Sanders suffered a thumb injury in a bar fight that sidelined him for six weeks. He ended up appearing in just 23 total games for the team last year, and this season, had discussed his past transgressions, while seeming to understand that there were consequences for his actions.
But evidently, the issues still exist.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Larry Sanders is out due to “personal reasons” and there is no timetable for his return.
Kidd said Sanders is not taking part in any team activities.
I asked for details: Kidd said, “It’s just personal. There’s nothing I can give you more. That’s the way the question will be answered.”
Kidd, of course, did the same thing last year while coaching in Brooklyn with Andray Blatche. At the time, it was just a few days away from the team, for those very same “personal reasons.” But later, it was revealed that Blatche was essentially suspended for “a lack of conditioning and preparedness.”
Sanders is like a less talented version of DeMarcus Cousins, in that he’s a complete head case — but one who clearly has the talent level to impact the game greatly when he’s fully engaged. Those instances seem to be coming less often where Sanders is concerned, and it’ll be interesting to see just how long it takes for him to earn his way back into Kidd’s good graces.