HoopsHype Larry Sanders rumors

December 21, 2014 Updates

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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Bucks center Larry Sanders, speaking after the team's shootaround at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, said he respects the message sent by the NBA stars. "I think they're bringing light to an issue that is obvious to us right now, that America is dealing with," Sanders said. "I'm glad they had the courage to find something to stand up for. "I really like it when people look for solutions. The easy thing to do is point out the problem. To look for solutions and try to bring awareness is the light that comes from the darkness. Hopefully a lot of positives will come from it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 28, 2014 Updates

The latest example was a 15-point, seven-rebound, five-block performance in a 103-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. That came one night after Sanders contributed 12 points and nine rebounds in a 98-86 decision over the Detroit Pistons. "It was being patient with myself," Sanders said. "I think some guys get down. You can't get too high or get too low. "It's just finding your pace again. But Coach (Kidd) has been great, my teammates have been great with me and I'm just trying to play off of them." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 25, 2014 Updates

A couple of years ago you were doing a lot of interviews, for good reason. What's it like to be that guy, and then go through what you did last year and face the opposite side of it? Larry Sanders: It's definitely two extremes. But I'm thankful for it. I got to see two ends of the stick. A really extreme positive, where everyone wants your attention and everyone wants to interview you, and then the really extreme negative, where you're outcasted or you're seen as a troublemaker. But it was really good to see because neither one of them -- whether people thought I was a saint or a devil, they both were wrong. They both were wrong assumptions about who I am. Regardless, unless you know me, you don't know me. So, just not attaching myself to other people's thoughts about me. Sometimes, I'm going to make my mistakes. Perfection is not even attainable. But, you can always be better. You can get better and learn as long as you're alive. That's the main lesson in life, at least for me. Just to try to get better every day. CBSSports.com

What'd you do with your downtime when you couldn't play? Larry Sanders: I did a lot of art stuff. Music. A lot of painting, a lot of writing, a lot of reading. And that takes up a lot of my day. I do a lot of those things. You were working on a novel. Larry Sanders: I still am. It's still in the works. Just developing the idea a lot more. The concept is developing more and more. I'm thinking, maybe another couple of years. CBSSports.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

Not often does one player leaving one agency for another result in a lawsuit but that's what happened after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders left agent Andy Miller and ASM Sports for agent Dan Fegan and Relativity Sports in the summer of 2013 during the height of free agency. Last month, a New York judge dismissed that lawsuit, which accused Relativity of client stealing and sought financial compensation, and ruled the "Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint is granted for failure to state a cause of action." The ruling is vindication for Fegan, president of Relativity Sports' basketball division, and Happy Walters, the CEO of Relativity Sports, who was also a defendant in the complaint filed nearly a year ago. USA Today Sports

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Charles F. Gardner: Sanders is expected to be back in time for the regular-season opener Oct. 29 in Charlotte. He has played well in preseason. Sanders is averaging 10.7 points and 10 rebounds for three preseason games and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Memphis on Oct. 8. Twitter @cf_gardner

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