Former Bucks center Larry Sanders to make his BIG3 debut
Former Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders is working his way back to relevance, and has chosen Ice Cube’s BIG3 league as his avenue for a potential NBA comeback. The 6-foot-11 forward/center is now set to make his BIG3 debut as he joins the Gary Payton-coached 3 Headed Monsters team.
It's been over 2 years since Larry Sanders last played in a pro basketball game, but the 30-year-old quietly joined @TheBIG3 and makes his 3-on-3 debut today. His teammates are Rashard Lewis, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Reggie Evans, Mario Chalmers, Tre Simmons. His coach is Gary Payton. pic.twitter.com/dkenCJzx2n
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 22, 2019
Sanders started off his NBA career back in 2010, as he was drafted as the 15th overall pick by the Bucks. He made quite a name for himself as a defensive specialist, particularly excelling in the blocks category. In five seasons for Milwaukee, Sanders averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 1.8 blocks in 19.8 minutes per contest.
However, his fall from grace was well-documented, as the former Virginia Commonwealth University standout battled injuries and had a couple of violations of the league’s drug policy, which resulted in multiple suspensions. Sanders also had problems with his mental health, which forced him to completely walk away from the sport in 2015.
After a season-long hiatus, Sanders signed a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he was obviously a shadow of his former self. He was only able to suit up for a total of five games for the Cavs before the team decided to waive his contract after just one month with the organization.
It appears, however, that Sanders has picked himself up, and is now looking to make a return to the big leagues. It should be good to see him back in action in the BIG3 league, and we’re definitely hoping for the best for this once very promising big man.