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Center Zaza Pachulia, who had his fourth double-double of the season (12 points, 14 rebounds) in the Bucks' 94-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, said the team has "a serious job" to tackle in the coming weeks, "It's a very important time of the season, so we should concentrate on the team, to play the right way and win as many games as possible," Pachulia said. "That's our job and we're going to continue to work hard. Whenver Larry comes ... obviously his locker is still here ...he's going to address. It's up to him. But we know it's a personal reason. That's all we heard." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Bucks center Larry Sanders, who is missing his fifth consecutive game Friday night, is out "due to personal reasons," according to coach Jason Kidd. Sanders has not played since the Bucks' home loss to Charlotte on Dec. 23. He has been listed as out due to illness on the Bucks injury report. Zaza Pachulia will continue to start at center and John Henson is playing significant backup minutes. The Bucks host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

I asked about a timetable and Kidd said there is no timetable for Sanders' return. "That's a good question so you don't have to ask me tomorrow or Sunday or Monday, so there's no timetable," he said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Sanders quickly went from being hailed as a foundational piece for the Bucks to being derided as untradable. He went from being a potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate to a guy who barely contributed thanks in part to a thumb injury he sustained on the same night he was caught on tape heaving alcohol bottles at strangers. He went from being an intimidating paint presence to a player whose season slipped away amid locker-room squabbles and confrontations with referees. How did Sanders get to the point where he was drawing comparisons with Metta World Peace and Dennis Rodman? “If you want to get to know a person, Sanders said, "talk to the person.” Sports Illustrated

Things only got worse when a thumb injury sustained during the fight required surgery that sidelined him for six weeks. Sanders, off to a slow start after signing a new contract that came with leadership expectations, couldn’t have generated a more sensational story if he had tried. “I was trying to indulge in the luxury of being able to walk around freely,” Sanders said. “At that point, I didn’t have a bodyguard. I didn’t want my friends to walk around everywhere with me. I wanted to be on my own and talk to people. I was caught off guard.” Sports Illustrated

In a 2013 profile for Sports Illustrated, Lee Jenkins wrote that Sanders’ father regularly beat his mother when Sanders was a child in Vero Beach, Fla., forcing mom and son to flee and live for a time in a shelter. Sanders was “terrified” that the experiences would desensitize him to violence, to the point that he would accept it in his own life. Feeling "targeted" at Apartment 720, Sanders responded, receiving a taste of that terror in the process. “If you wait until the point of attack to try to counter, it’s too late,” he said. “You’re not approaching the situation with the right parts of your mind. You feel attacked. You go to your natural, instinctual reactions rather than your cognitive reasoning. I learned that I have to be prepared [to be a target]. Thankfully, I learned that in a way where I didn’t have to go to jail, no one got arrested, no one got seriously injured. It was a very valuable lesson learned.” Sports Illustrated

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