Larry Sanders was supposed to be the cornerstone for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-14 NBA season and during an apparent rebuilding period. However, that’s not happened this season due to a multitude of reasons, including tension within the locker room involving Sanders and an injury that was sustained during a bar fight.
Sanders has now suffered another setback and another injury, this one actually happening on the basketball court. On Saturday night against the Houston Rockets, Sanders caught an inadvertent elbow to the face from James Harden. Initially he was expected to return to that game, but never did.
Now the Bucks don’t know when he’ll return. According to reports from around the league, Sanders suffered a fracture to the right orbital bone, an injury more commonly known as a broken eye socket.
There are varying degrees of the injury in regards to severity which will affect how long the Bucks center is going to be sidelined, but it’s clear at this point that it could be for quite a while. Head coach Larry Drew has expectedly come out and said that Sanders won’t return until after the All-Star break, but the question that remains is how long after the break until he returns.
Sanders is scheduled to see a specialist to determine how severe the injury is and how long he’ll be out, meaning the Bucks could be due for even lower points than the ones they’ve already endured this year.
Sanders hasn’t been great when he’s been on the floor this year, but he has been picking it up as of late. The Bucks, who have just nine wins for the entire year, are destined to lose a lot of games whether their starting center is playing or not. However, it’s going to be a lot less hopeful and entertaining to watch this team for however long that Sanders is out.