Come last February, it was the thought of many that Larry Sanders had played his final game with the Milwaukee Bucks organization. Fresh off a hefty contract extension, Sanders looked lost on the court and was dealing with trouble off of it.
Add in alleged locker room issues and it was easy to see why the Bucks were doing what they could to trade the talented, though problematic forward.
Rumors swirled that the Bucks were considering multiple deals for Larry Sanders but nothing ever manifested and he remained with the organization. Part of that was due to the reluctance of the Bucks fearing that Sanders could eventually turn things around, something that new head coach Jason Kidd hopes will happen this season.
Yeah. I think it starts with being healthy. Two, he’s here working out. When you look at that and being gone for five months, he’s here with his teammates. That’s the start. He’s been great. He’s talking. He wants to be a leader. He cares. He’s talking to the young guys at practice, taking them to dinner (Friday). That shows his leadership.
Kidd seems to have a special place in his heart for Sanders considering he allegedly informed the Brooklyn Nets to acquire him in a trade for Brook Lopez last season. That deal obviously wasn’t completed despite the fact that the Nets reportedly looked into the move.
We’ve seen plenty of players like Sanders turn the corner though we’ve also seen just as many (if not more) struggle to get their head on straight. Hopefully under Kidd, it won’t be the latter for Larry Sanders.