Bucks center Larry Sanders, who had been away from the team since Dec. 26 due to "personal reasons" and was reportedly considering quitting basketball altogether, returned to the team last night and watched the Bucks' game against the Suns while sitting on the bench in street clothes. Sanders did speak to the media, but didn't reveal much about just what the hell is gong on with him.
From the AP:
''It feels great to be around the guys again,'' Sanders said after his first public appearance with the team in two weeks. ''There is no timetable for my return.''
Sanders was vague, but said he was making progress, getting to the root of his issues and correcting them.
''Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do,'' he said.
He said that speculation he might walk off the court for good simply was false.
''But, what is true,'' he said, ''is that I'm in the process of working things out now to do as best for my psyche and my physical health going forward. There's a lot of evaluating going on. There's a lot of inside talk just to put myself in the best place for my health right now.''
That doesn't explain much at all, but Sanders was at least able to dampen the speculation that he no longer wants to play at all. As for what unnamed things Sanders needs corrected, those are anybody's guess and quite possibly nobody's business.
While it's probably not what he's talking about, it may be worth noting that Sanders is currently dealing with a civil suit filed against him by a group of people he got into a bar fight with in December of 2013. He is set to appear in court for that case on Feb. 17.