Report: Bucks’ Scott Skiles leaves Larry Sanders home for ‘team conduct issue’
By Ben Golliver
There are only three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and Scott Skiles laying down the law.
The Milwaukee Bucks coach left power forward Larry Sanders at home for the team’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors on Monday due to an unspecified “team conduct issue,” according to the Journal Sentinel.
Bucks forward Larry Sanders has been disciplined by the team, ruled out of Monday night’s game at Toronto for what coach Scott Skiles termed “a team conduct issue.”
Sanders did not make the trip with the team to Toronto but will be back for Thursday’s preseason game at Charlotte, Skiles said. Skiles would not elaborate after the team shootaround at the Air Canada Centre and neither would Bucks general manager John Hammond.
Sanders got into a tussle with Washington center Jan Vesely in the second half of the Bucks’ 102-94 loss to the Wizards on Saturday. And he again questioned several referee calls at length.
Sanders is no stranger to losing his mind on the court.
Last year, for example, he was ejected after completely flipping out on David West during an April game against the Indiana Pacers. Here’s that memorable video.
Skiles is a classic disciplinarian who has butted heads with players before, including forward Stephen Jackson last season, who found himself moved at the trade deadline.
Sanders, 23, isn’t an absolutely crucial member of Milwaukee’s big man rotation, which includes a number of veterans: Samuel Dalembert, Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova and Joel Przybilla, plus Ekpe Udoh, acquired from the Golden State Warriors last season, and rookie John Henson. Still, he’s a 2010 first-round talent who would seem to have unscratched potential as a long, active four or undersized five. He’s played 19 minutes a night during the preseason and is averaging 7.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game; those numbers are all up from last year’s marks (12.4 minutes, 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds), so he would be wise to toe the line a little more carefully.