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Larry Sanders ejected yet again in Bucks’ loss to Pacers (VIDEO)

Mar 22, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

Larry Sanders of the Bucks needs an attitude adjustment if he’s ever going to reach his full potential as an NBA player. It’s unclear if the current people on the Milwaukee Bucks coaching staff are the right men for the job, but what is painfully obvious is that Sanders is out of control, and his emotional outbursts aimed at the league’s officials must be stopped.

Early in the third quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Pacers on Friday, Sanders was whistled for a minor foul call that turned into a major event. He let the officials have it verbally to pick up his first technical foul, then briefly headed towards a referee to continue to express his displeasure, before he was pulled away by teammate Marquis Daniels.

That demonstrative effort got Sanders whistled for his second technical foul, which came with it an automatic ejection. He had grabbed 12 rebounds in just 19 minutes of action to that point, and the game wasn’t yet out of hand, with the Bucks trailing by just six at the time.

Sanders now has 13 technical fouls on the season, which ties him with Kevin Durant and has him just one shy of the league lead, held by Kobe Bryant with 14.

Durant and Bryant are offensive superstars who get fouled excessively for the entirety of the game on a nightly basis, so their numbers in this category are somewhat understandable. Sanders, however, is an athletic defensive specialist, who is known for rebounds and blocked shots above all else.

Sanders now has more technical fouls than the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and Kendrick Perkins, both of whom have a terrible reputation with the officials for constant and excessive complaining. Sanders does not want to be placed in that category by the league’s referees, because in the grand scheme of things it will prevent him from becoming the elite defender he seems to be capable of evolving into, at least from a pure talent perspective.

After being fined $50,000 for comments made to an official, and after Milwaukee head coach Jim Boylan said he’d have a serious conversation with Sanders about this very topic, the message still hasn’t gotten through. We’ll see if it does eventually, but if not, Sanders will quickly find himself in the Cousins category of wasted talent that nobody is interested in watching.

  1. savvybynature - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I’m with you that he needs an attitude adjustment, but this:

    “Durant and Bryant are offensive superstars who get fouled excessively for the entirety of the game on a nightly basis, so their numbers in this category are somewhat understandable. Sanders, however, is an athletic defensive specialist, who is known for rebounds and blocked shots above all else.”

    You don’t think guys fighting for rebounds and playing defense get fouled excessively at times too? I’m not trying to justify Sanders’ whining, I’m saying it isn’t defensible for Durant or Kobe either. Plenty of scorers don’t whine their way into leading the league in technicals.

    • brutl - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Bryant actually gets fouled and has a good reason to complain
      KD gets the call any time an opposing player breathes on him and that’s how hes used to it being called (and complains if it’s not).

  2. JMClarkent - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Stupid. What does it EVER accomplish other than hurting your team/ helping your back up steal your job? Unless you are allowed in the same breath as Durant or Kobe, shut up and play ball!

  3. timb12 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Durant’s and Kobe’s technicals have come throughout the whole season. Sanders has had 6 within the past month I think.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      It seems like they’ve all come in the last week almost!

  4. rushbacker - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Dang, knucklehead. Get it together.

  5. hodaghunter - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    That second T is pretty weak. The guy took like two steps up and Daniels stopped him. You see players get a T and get right up on the refs and whine about it without any further T.
    No question that blew the game open right there because the Bucks didn’t have the size to rebound or defend after that

    • louhudson23 - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      That is the point….he has put himself on a very short leash.

      • davidly - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        And that, in turn, is another point: Saying someone has put themselves on a leash should be telling enough.

        Granted, many players react differently, so it is clear that he is an emotional player. But put every player in the league on that proverbial leash and see what happens.

      • hodaghunter - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Larry Sanders has never actually had any physical action that would assume such leash. He has a mouth that runs yes, but there is no physical intimidation. He was involved in a mouthing off back and forth with the Pacers a while back but there were no punches or even pushes taking place.

  6. egickvengeance7x - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Reblogged this on egickvengeance and commented:
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