ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Bucks welcomed Gary Neal back to practice Friday, but were without center Larry Sanders due to an illness.
Neal had been out since aggravating the plantar fasciitis in his left foot in Milwaukee's exhibition game against Minnesota on Oct. 10. The injury popped up last season while he was playing for San Antonio, and Neal said it's been something he's been battling for six or seven months.
After trying to tough it out for the first two weeks of practice, Neal stepped on the left foot wrong against the Timberwolves and experienced a shooting pain, deciding then to shut it down.
"Coming into a new situation, you don't want to sit out anything," Neal said. "You don't want to miss any practices; you want to learn as much as you can.
"The best thing to do was just rest a little bit. Today I felt good. I came out and played. The test will be tomorrow to see how I feel when I wake up, if it's going to be inflamed. Hopefully it will be behind me."