Video: Larry Sanders On Why He Left Basketball

Feb 25, 2015

Larry Sanders
Credit The Players' Tribune

Former Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders says goodbye to basketball, for now.

On Wednesday, The Players' Tribune released a video of Sanders speaking about why he has decided to leave the Bucks, and about his time spent at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc. He was treated for anxiety and depression.

"I wish I could have said goodbye to the Bucks formally at the Bradley Center. I want them to know that it was never about them. It was never about the fans, or how they treated me, because that was awesome," Sanders says. "The decisions were for my family... I'm at a point where I'm excited to devote my energy to these positive, positive things and people and making a difference in this unseen world."

The Bucks drafted Larry Sanders in the first-round back in 2010. During the summer of 2013, he signed a four year $44 million contract extension, but problems soon followed.

In December of 2013, he was seen on video fighting at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub. Sanders has also been suspended several times for the use of marijuana.

The Bucks have played more than 60 games this season with Sanders taking the court in only 26. It recent weeks there had been speculation over whether Sanders wanted to remain in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks reached a buyout agreement with 26-year-old Sanders last week.