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February 9, 2016 | 11:08 am EST Update
After accepting a buyout from the Milwaukee Bucks to step away from the NBA last season, Larry Sanders told The Vertical he plans to pursue a return to the NBA once his off-court ventures stabilize.
“Once my art, music and passions off the court feel stable, I will look into coming back,” Sanders told The Vertical. “I still love basketball. I want stability around me, and part of my mindset to leave was not to put all my eggs in one basket. “I feel highly valuable on any team. There aren’t a lot of people who can bring my game to a team. I still play basketball all the time, staying in shape. I will need to make sure the situation is right for me.”
People close to Sanders have discussed his seriousness to return to the NBA sooner rather than later. Nevertheless, Sanders would need to continue cleansing his lifestyle and show teams a renewed focus on the game. For now, Sanders says there is no timetable toward a return. He now resides in Los Angeles where he releases music, including a recent single called “Black Mercedes.” Sanders said once his management company for artists, designers and photographers becomes more established, “coming back to the game will be easier.”
Samuel Deguara is 24 years old, 310 pounds and 7-foot-5 inches tall. He is the tallest man in his home country of Malta, the Mediterranean archipelago, where, according to a national food consumption survey, the average male is closer to 5-foot-7. He is also the tallest man in Italy, where he signed his first pro basketball contract at age 16. We can assume that he’s the tallest person in the Canadian border town, of Thorold, Ontario, which sits about 10 miles from Niagara Falls. That is where Deguara is currently scrolling through an iPad at a restaurant table, reading about Gheorghe Muresan, the former skyscraper of an NBA center and Billy Crystal’s towering co-star in the late 1990s dramedy My Giant.
Pro sports are a young man’s game and a pitiless business, and Deguara is very young by the standards of almost every profession except the one that he is pursuing. In six months, Deguara, Heimbecker, and Mihai Raducanu, the owner of the gym, will head to a pro camp in Europe to display the collective results of their work in Thorold. What happens there could help launch Deguara’s career, or do the opposite. “If this doesn’t work out, he’s probably done,” says Raducanu, who also works with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League each summer. “I told him, ‘If you don’t commit now and you don’t build yourself up the right way then it’s game over.’ He knows that.”
The attention he receives in each new destination is unsought and unfair, but also inescapable. He’s 7-foot-5, and there’s no concealing that. “It’s too much talking,” he says. “It’s very bad to talk before action. I know I’m big. I know I can move. I know I can play. I’m focused on rising. I don’t want to bluff or something.” The NBA is a dream, he says, but not one that he wants to talk about. “I believe in my trainers and they believe in me,” he says. “I’m going to do what they tell me. I’m sure I can change everything. I can be better than good.”