After spending a couple of years away from the media, Larry Sanders, former center for the Milwaukee Bucks, is open to an NBA comeback, per Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. Sanders has been working out and is drawing interest from several teams after having some tough emotional times while in the league.
He walked away from basketball in 2014-15 after a combination of injuries and personal issues. The former first-round selection had been suspended for marijuana use twice and then checked himself into rehab for depression. In essence, he stepped away to “devote my time and energy elsewhere,” and that decision should generate nothing but respect towards him. He later said how he’d return to basketball again if he felt he was still able to play, and that looks like it might become reality.
He was selected as the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft after three outstanding years at VCU. He was twice voted the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-CAA Defensive team all three seasons. With 277 career blocks, Sanders is second in school history and had an average 2.7 blocks per game by the end of his college career.
Before his sabbatical, Sanders continued to be a premier shot blocker and rebounder, and in 2013 his 2.8 blocks per game were good enough for second on the leaderboard.
Although the league is trending toward small ball a little bit, length and athleticism are still sought after. Especially by coaches who are big into defense. At 27, Sanders is still young and is still in his prime, so him making a comeback and fitting right into a coach’s defense isn’t all too far-fetched.
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