The Milwaukee Bucks announced Monday night that center Larry Sanders underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss six weeks of time in recovery. The injury was sustained on November 2nd when Sanders was involved in a bar fight. The injury was not supposed to keep him out long-term which is why the injury was such a surprise. Sanders was not charged in the altercation.
The injury compounds what has already been a bad year for Sanders who has clashed with his new coach Larry Drew over his playing time in the fourth quarter. The Bucks signed Sanders to a four-year extension this summer, worth nearly $48 million with incentives. A former assistant for the Bucks said in an interview last summer that Sanders "didn't come to play every night" and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that Sanders and guard Monta Ellis nearly came to blows during last year's playoffs.
Sanders issued a lengthy apology for the incident, and is a tremendous young talent. But from getting ejected last year in spurts to this most recent incident which will cost him over a month of action, questions about Sanders' maturity are starting to form.