The Milwaukee Bucks made a huge commitment to Larry Sanders this offseason. However, a four-year contract worth nearly $48 million apparently wasn’t enough to keep Sanders out of trouble.
Sanders was involved in a Milwaukee-area bar fight on November 2nd, but the initial reports were that he lucked out by not suffering a serious injury. Unfortunately for Bucks fans, the reports were incorrect as the team announced on November 11th that Sanders had recently undergone surgery on his left thumb and would be out at least six weeks. So there you have it; a 24-year-old multi-millionaire tearing thumb ligaments in a bar…just because.
If that doesn’t scream “team leader” than nothing does.
All jokes aside, Bucks management has to be irate with itself for the aforementioned contract. This is arguably Sanders’ third strike in less than a year. Last postseason, Sanders was reportedly very close to fighting with then-teammate Monta Ellis. On top of that, first-year head coach Larry Drew has come to blows with Sanders on numerous occasions about the starting center’s playing time in the fourth quarter of crucial games.
In baseball; it’s three strikes and your out. However, the NBA has shown that it’s three strikes and you can still enjoy a nice contract worth nearly $50 million. David Stern for president!