ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Larry Sanders was looking forward to making an impression. Invited to the United States national team's minicamp in Las Vegas, the Milwaukee Bucks center wanted to take the first step in earning the chance to represent his country.
Instead, Sanders sprained his left ankle during one of the workouts, preventing him from participating in most of the minicamp.
But that doesn't mean the experience wasn't a lost cause. In fact, Sanders was amazed with what he took away from his time around the national team.
"They talked a lot about unity, which is great," Sanders said. "Everybody not really putting their egos aside, but joining egos for the USA ego. Putting individual accolades aside just to contribute to winning and how they all had the same goal in mind.
"That mindset going forward is something that we can definitely bring to the Bucks. Just everyone pointing in the same direction and focusing on contributing to winning the game and how much of a better team w...