ST. FRANCIS, Wis. Larry Sanders has never been a finished product. He knows it. His coaches know it.
Sanders didn't join a high school basketball team until his sophomore year, and when he did finally play, his coach had a distinct message for him to take advantage of his special skills.
"My high school coach told me just to run and try to block shots," Sanders said on Friday. "That's what my focus was. Blocking shots and the timing just came kind of easy."
That ease has certainly carried over into his professional career, where Sanders will take part in his third season in the NBA this year with the Bucks. As one of the more athletic big men in the league, Sanders has had no problem doing what his high school coach had asked of him running and shot blocking in his first two seasons. But the rest of his game hasn't been so easy.
And last season, Sanders was forced to step in as a backup center a position he wasn't as accustomed to playing....