Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders was so excited when he found out he was invited to the USA Basketball Select Team camp this summer in Las Vegas. To have the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the country and to be coached by legend Mike Krzyzewski is certainly a thrill. Unfortunately, Sanders is now filled with disappointment after he suffered a left ankle sprain on the second day of practice.
Sanders was in the process of doing what he does best, which is blocking shots, when he sprained his ankle. He went up to deny Chandler Parsons’ shot and landed on Parsons’ foot on the way down. His ankle twisted awkwardly and he was forced to the trainer’s table where he got taped up.
“I want to play,” Sanders said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “LD (Bucks coach Larry Drew) was here. I felt like I was getting that second wind today.
“Unfortunate. I have to get an MRI. It looks like a sprain, though. It’s pretty swollen.”
Along with Drew was Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, who flew in on Tuesday to watch Sanders play. Obviously, both men looked on with uneasiness as they watched everything unfold right in from of them. Hopefully, the injury is not too serious and Sanders will be able to return to practice at some point in the near future.
The fact that everyone is competing for a spot on the U.S. national team makes it that much more disappointing, though. Not only is Sanders dejected about what has unfolded but his teammates are as well. No one wants to see someone lose out on a chance to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics because of an injury.