The prestigious Team USA minicamp was supposed to be a platform for Larry Sanders to prove he belonged among the league’s elite young players.
But after suffering a sprained ankle Tuesday, it appears the Bucks big man will no longer have the opportunity to do so.
During an intraquad scrimmage, Sanders went up to block a shot and landed awkwardly on the foot of Houston’s Chandler Parsons. He limped to the sideline and was diagnosed by trainers with a sprain that will in all likelihood keep him out of Wednesday’s practice, as well as Thursday night’s much-anticipated scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack Center.
As far as the Bucks are concerned, the injury is relatively minor and should not limit Sanders once training camp rolls around in the fall. But for the big man himself, it’s a major disappointment.
“I want to play,” Sanders told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “LD (Bucks coach Larry Drew) was here. I felt like I was getting that second wind today.”
By all accounts, Sanders was impressive on Monday during the first day of the camp – held in Las Vegas on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas – and had as good of a shot as any of the seven other big men to earn a spot on the 2014 FIBA World Cup squad. The injury certainly doesn’t rule out a selection, but he’ll have limited opportunities to make an impression on Coach K and his staff.