Former Bucks forward puts out a video detailing his depression and anxiety
Larry Sanders was recently bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks following issues he was having with the team this season. Sanders signed a 4-year, $44 million deal in 2013, but injuries and other issues (including an injury suffered in a bar fight) combined to make him miss more games than he’s played the last two years.
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Despite his issues in Milwaukee, many speculated about which team Sanders would end up with after his buyout was completed, as he’s still a talented rebounding forward and would have been an asset to many contenders.
The answer, it turns out, is none.
Sanders has decided to walk away from the NBA, at least for the time being. Through the Player’s Tribune, he released a YouTube video explaining his decision, and detailing his struggles with anxiety and depression, and saying it’s “not worth it” for basketball to be taking up his time while he needs to deal with these issues.
Here’s the full video:
Basketball is a lucrative career like few others when you can play it at as high a level as Larry Sanders can. Not many would have the guts to turn their backs on all that money and try to get better, so kudos to Sanders for that. Sanders says he “still loves basketball,” so hopefully when he’s ready, we’ll see him back on the court.
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