What are you doing Larry Sanders?
I thought the contract the Bucks gave Sanders last year was deserving and a good investment in a solid player and teammate. Larry is proving me wrong on a number of levels.
Breaking his hand in a bar fight earlier in the year and now testing positive for smoking pot and getting suspended for 5 games at the beginning of next year. When he did play, he was less than impressive, but that is not saying much because the Bucks have the worst record in the league for good reason.
And, check out the sport coat in the photo in the article. SMH.
You are stuck with him Milwaukee, so let's hope he changes his ways.
He needs to grow up
When he came into the pros, I thought his reputation was the opposite. A kid who stayed all four years at a mid-major college, hard-working, humble. Obviously he's still young so a lot could change, but I think it's fair to say that he's not taking his profession seriously. I don't hold smoking pot against anyone... it's the other things he's done that have me concerned for his future.
What's really sad about all of this is that he still has a long way to go to reach his potential. He's offense is still very much a work in progress. The dude is raw as hell and needs reps! C'mon Larry, time to wake the F*** up.
I thought he was going to have a HUGE year. I honestly thought he was going to average a double double and lead the league in blocks per game. It sounds crazy now, but last year he was averaging 9.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks. It looks like he got the payday he was wanting and started slacking off. Breaking thumbs in bar fights and smoking pot isn't what I expect of a professional athlete.
I'm a VCU alum and when I heard he was leaving schopol early I was dissappointed. I was talking to another VCU basketball fan and they were telling me that he was most likely on drugs while at VCU so the news of him acting like an idiot in the NBA is not shocking to me unfortunatley...
Classic case of what I call the 50 cent syndrome. He got rich and stopped trying. There was never anything about his game that suggested he would ever have a huge year. He was only ever going to be a defensive anchor. He was the darling of one Sloan conference and it got him paid. Now that the Bucks, like always, were so quick to pay him (over pay him at that, were they even bidding against anybody?) they will end up swallowing the brunt of a contract that will have a negative impact on the franchise. I guess the money that is tied up in him doesn't really matter since they will be competitive never. He could still be a solid defensive anchor, but it seems his personality and off court issues scream entitlement. Add him to the list of Mayo, Illyasova, Pachulia, Delfino of people the Bucks have over paid for absolutely no reason and you start to get a sense of why nobody in their right mind wants the Bucks to get the first pick to squander the first 5 years of one of these young players careers. That franchise is truely hopeless and has been since the days of Sam I am and Ray Allen passed.
His contract is going to leave them in a rough place. No one is going to want to take on 11 mil a year for 9,9, and 3. That's not bad for a defensive anchor but not good enough for that money.
Also ties them up for the draft. They may favor Embiid over everyone else but they can't afford to have a top 3 pick sitting on the bench over a player not producing because you paid him 11 mil a year and can't move them. May force them when the time comes to have to go for one of the top wings available or reach for a PG.
So...the NBA suspends a player for 5 games for smoking pot. I'm not american so someone explain...
It's not performance enhancing, and you can walk into a shop and just buy it. Sounds exactly the same as alcohol or cigarettes but you won't get suspended for those?
I know Sanders broke the rules....but why is that even a rule to begin with? If he had a perscription for medical marijuana would it have been ok?
In America it is is only legal in two states on the State level, Washington and Colorado and he resides in neither of those states. It is still illegal on a federal level and it is up to your employer to determine if it is illegal in that particular instance. The NBA has declared it illegal (at least for the time being) so they have the right to drug test him and penalize him accordingly whether it is medically prescribed or not. Steroids can be medically prescribed as well but those would obviously face penalties as well.
For along time there was a negative stigma associated with marijuana especially in the states though that is gradually going away as people wake up to the medical benefits. The medical benefits I could definitely see helping players who are constantly traveling and puting enormous amounts of stress and abuse on their body. For now though it is still illegal in the NBA, he knew what he was doing was illegal. I am sure a lot of NBA players smoke weed he was just unfortunate enough to get drug tested at the wrong time and got caught.
The money exposed him to what type of person/player he really is. I'll be more surprised if this stopped instead of it turning around.
Does that mean if Bucks get first pick they grab Emiid?
"I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it"- Larry Sanders
If the Bucks do draft Embiid, it will tell us everything they think of Sanders. But with Sanders' big new deal about to kick in, they would struggle to find a taker until he proved his form and fitness.
I clearly see what you are saying but why is everyone viewing Sanders as a Center?
He got paid and now he wants to get high and he doesn't care what anyone thinks.
He would've fit in perfectly way back with the "Portland Potheads".
Smoking marijuana while he isn't playing anyways isn't really a big deal to me. If he were healthy and was actually out on the court playing and then he went and got caught for this, I'd have a bigger issue with it.
I just hope that he can get healthy and get back to being a defensive anchor again, and hopefully we can add Wiggins, Exum, or Embiid to the mix to play with Larry and Giannis.