Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks is definitely a fan favorite in this “blue-collar” city, because like the Bucks fan base he works hard and plays hard, and for him they’re one in the same.
The Bucks starting center has come a long way in his third year in the NBA. Sanders who was drafted 15th out of VCU in the 2010 NBA draft by the Bucks, had to first prove himself in the D-league playing for the Fort Wayne Mad-Ants. That stint was short-lived and now he is a force to be reckoned with.
The Sandman has become a blocking machine, leading the league with 178 blocks so far this season (3.1 per game) in the 57 games he has played in. The other parts of his game have picked up as well, which makes him extremely valuable, a player who the Bucks can build around.
But… right now there seems to be a down-side. Larry plays with extreme emotion, which is good, great in my book. I would rather have a player truly love the game, and what he is doing rather than half the league which is collecting a pay check, only to play hard the last 2 minutes of a game. Larry’s “love” is getting himself ejected from games, and if you’re out of the game you can’t contribute, and you can’t block shots!
Friday night (3/15/13) Sanders got ejected from his second game in a row, and is putting himself into the “danger zone” with referees. Those two technicals resulted in the ejection and, has him tied with 3 other players with 11 T’s on the year. Perineal bad boy DeMarcus Cousins, has 12 technicals so far this season. Sanders is a good kid and it would be a shame for him to get a reputation like Cousins, so referees would have any easy target.
At least Sanders found a colorful yet demonstrative way of leaving the court, he gave all three refs a double thumbs-up.
After the game Sanders was asked about the technicals and being ejected, he said “maybe I shouldn’t care as much.” No, Larry care “as much” just “care” when the refs aren’t looking.