On Friday, Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders was suspended by the NBA for 10 games for violating the league’s drug policy. Sanders has in the past been outspoken about his marijuana use, and recent reports have claimed that he might not want to play basketball anymore, period.
That’s not the case, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders plans to use his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program to deal with his core personal issues and learn to live without marijuana use, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sanders wants to continue his basketball career and has been coming to the realization league rules won’t permit that unless he stops testing positive as part of the league’s drug program, sources said.
Sanders, who is in the first year of a four-year, $44 million extension with the Bucks, wants to keep playing, but that might not happen with the Bucks, who are suddenly in playoff position, according to the report.
Whether Sanders will play again in Milwaukee remains unclear. A new ownership group and new coach have found a measure of success without needing to depend on Sanders. The revitalized Bucks could seek to pursue a contract buyout with Sanders, but that’s a discussion that’s yet to take place with Sanders’ representatives.
If Sanders can get his personal life together, he’s an extremely talented player, especially on the defensive end. Hopefully, he can find the help he needs.