The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping that extending power forward Larry Sanders to a four-year, $44 million contract will pay off, because his start to the 2013-14 NBA season wasn't very pretty.

Sanders' averages for the first three games of the season were only 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds a game, though he did average two blocks. It didn't help when he was involved in a bar fight that caused him to Wednesday night's game and tonight's due to a thumb injury.

Following Friday's practice for the Bucks, Sanders commented on the matter.

“I want to start by saying I put myself in a bad situation over the weekend,” Sanders told Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I didn’t make the best decisions down the stretch, but I would like to apologize to my fans here and Sen. Kohl, who I will talk to directly. I’ve talked to the team and apologized to them, just for shedding a negative light on our team and our organization.

“It’s not what we’re about at all; it’s not who we are. It’s not what we stand for. I offer my apologies to everyone, especially the fans. I know they put a lot on me and they count on me a lot.

“For everyone I let down, I’m going to get better, going to be better. I’m going to get better at this, on and off the court. I’m going to come back better. I just thank everyone for their concerns and being patient with me.”

Sanders is still young at only 25 years old. He has boatloads of potential. If he can just stay out of trouble, he can transform into one of the league's top power forwards as the seasons go by. 

By Josh Dhani


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