Larry Sanders suspended for preseason game against Raptors

Larry Sanders has had a solid preseason, but he’ll miss Monday’s game due to suspension handed down by the team. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Per Charles F. Gardner, Larry Sanders has been suspended by the Milwaukee Bucks for tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

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.

Gardner went on to speculate that the suspension could have something to do with some incidents that occurred Saturday when the Bucks took on the Washington Wizards.

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.¬†It’s possible the Bucks are trying to send a clear message to the 6-foot-11 Sanders that he must control his emotions on the court. Sanders had several outbursts at the end of last season and was ejected from games against Oklahoma City and Indiana.

Sanders outbursts at the end of last season came seemingly out of nowhere for the generally regarded as friendly and unassuming Sanders, but after battling foul trouble for most of his first two years, perhaps Sanders had enough of catching fouls he felt he didn’t deserve.

Sanders is averaging 7.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game through five preseason games. Per 36 minutes, that would equate to 14.2 points and 12.8 rebounds, far better numbers than his career per-36 numbers. Skiles indicated to Gardner that the starting center position, a position Sanders is thought to be in contention for given his preseason improvements, was still up for grabs. Surely this will not help Sanders grab hold of that position.

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  1. He probably has a case with some of his foul calls. NBA referees give the benefit of the doubt to more veteran players. Go ahead and try to convince me that isn’t necessarily so. Anyway, getting in the face of the ref is not going to improve the calls, it’s just going to get you ejected.
    That’s a loose / loose.

    • I honestly have no idea. I’m familiar with that perception, but I don’t know that I’ve seen data that provides of a correlation between years played and fouls called against.

      He just needs to stop fouling so much is the bottom line, refs or not.

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  3. I haven’t been able to see him play. Is he playing well? Is the center position really up for grabs??