Posted November 11, 2013

Larry Sanders to miss 6 weeks after tearing thumb ligament in nightclub incident

Ben Golliver, Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks
(Mike McGinnis/ Getty Images Sport)

Larry Sanders (right) is averaging 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds this season. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images Sport)

The Bucks announced Monday that center Larry Sanders will be sidelined for roughly six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Sanders, 24, suffered the injury during an off-court incident earlier this month. The fourth-year center reportedly got into a late-night altercation at “Apartment 720,” a Milwaukee nightclub. Police investigated the incident but Sanders was not charged.

A six-week recovery timeline will keep Sanders off the court until roughly Christmas. If he returns in exactly six weeks, Sanders will be sidelined for Milwaukee’s next 23 games. Sanders has not played since the incident took place on Nov. 2, and Milwaukee is off to a 2-3 start. Without Sanders, coach Larry Drew has started Zaza Pachulia at center alongside forwards John Henson and Caron Butler.

On Friday, Sanders issued an apology for his role in the incident, which kept him out of practices and two games last week.

“I put myself in a bad situation over the weekend,” Sanders told reporters. “Didn’t make the best decisions down the stretch. I’d like to apologize to our fans here, [Bucks owner Herb] Kohl, who I will take to directly. I’ve talked to the team and I’ve apologized to them, just for shedding a negative light on our team, on our organization. It’s not what we’re about at all, it’s not who we are, it’s not what we stand for. I offer my apologies to everyone, especially the fans. They put a lot on me and count on me a lot, for everybody I let down, I’m going to get better, I’m going to be better.”

After agreeing to a four-year, $48 million extension in August, Sanders acknowledged he was being entrusted with a leadership role on a rebuilt Bucks team, and he said that he looked forward to “represent[ing] Milwaukee” for the duration of his new deal.

“Can’t believe I’ve been granted this opportunity to represent Milwaukee for the next five years and hopefully the rest of my career,” Sanders wrote on Instagram after signing his new deal. “Words can not explain my gratitude for the Bucks organization and the faith in me as a leader and a worker. I won’t let you down Mil-town.”

Milwaukee’s reported that sources alleged that Sanders was the instigator in the incident, and that he allegedly was throwing champagne bottles. Milwaukee’s reports that a 26-year-old man was injured in the incident after he was allegedly hit by a bottle.

The surgery is just the latest round of bad news for Sanders, who is averaging just 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in three appearances. In addition to the nightclub incident, Sanders has expressed frustration at sitting on the bench late in games under Drew. In October, Sanders’ former agent sued his current representation for alleged client poaching prior to Sanders’ rookie contract extension agreement.

The 2010 first-round pick out of Virginia Commonwealth started 55 games for Milwaukee last season, averaging 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while establishing a reputation as one of the NBA’s most fearless and physically gifted interior defenders. Sanders finished second in the league in blocks per game and placed seventh in the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Sanders was among the league leaders in technical fouls last season and he’s been ejected on numerous occasions during his career, including a memorable incident in March when he flashed the “thumbs up” sign to all three referees on his way off of the court. Sanders was also fined $50,000 for publicly criticizing the officiating after a loss to the Heat.

Milwaukee might also lose Carlos Delfino for the season due to a foot injury.


Just your typical everyday ignorant ghetto thug keepin' it real.


This chump will earn more $ in the six weeks he's out than most of the people reading this article earn in a full year; many of whom have degrees and even advanced degrees. Only in America and in player's union backed professional sports, I guess.


@Jessica2 Your comment is just the everyday ignorant,whoa had to catch myself. Anyway if growing up in the country is now considered the ghetto,i guess your kinfolk act the same way. If he were white,what kind of person would he be to you? Think about it before you go name calling. And that is keeping it real.


@Mark112 On top of that,you do know he has a degree from VCU. Right,or are you thinking he didn't go to school for the right reasons. Just goes to show,degrees don't make the man. If you don't think so ask Madoff and all his hedgefund thieving friends.



Good point Eddie, yet that doesn't mean that Sanders isn't an ungrateful punk and that every word of my post isn't true.