Larry Sanders has racked up nearly $100,000 of fines in a span of ten days. With three ejections, six technical fouls, and an added $50,000 penalty for a derogatory comment, Sanders’ total fines for March now add up to a hefty $95,000.
Sanders has been ejected from five games this season, and he has been whistled for 13 technical fouls. The 12th foul — which would have been his first one from last night in Indiana — summons a warning letter from the league office. Starting with the 16th technical foul, Sanders would earn a one-game suspension for every other technical foul he is assessed
Here is the ledger for the infractions for the ten-day period:
Obviously, Sanders needs to do a better job keeping his emotions in check. While it would be terribly easy to get preachy and say, “How did he manage to do that again?”, a lot of the problem is that he is earning extra attention by way of reputation. It’s his problem, to be sure, but the damage has already been done. He can’t afford a spare glance now.
Last night, Sanders got the quick hook after picking up a personal foul on Roy Hibbert. But he was clearly more upset with the foul wasn’t called on the other end. Hibbert slid over to help Tyler Hansbrough on defense, but didn’t get his feet set. By rule, it probably should have been a foul call on Hibbert — a call that a slumping Bucks offense needed desperately.
From there, Sanders started yapping. And this point is when both 1) Sanders needs to reel himself in and 2) his teammates could pass on a helpful reminder of the same reality.
To be clear, Sanders deserved a technical. It’s the second foul that has its own set of problems. Check out the timing and listen for the whistles. At the time of the second one, Marquis Daniels has Sanders wrapped up, and Larry isn’t doing much by this point except making a really sad face (see above).