MILWAUKEE - Larry Sanders had finally slowed down. But in a heartbeat, it all sped up again.
"Larry, Larry, Larry "
The opening night crowd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center burst into a spirited chant as the Bucks forward pumped up the crowd with his hands, pointing in all different directions of the arena as he headed to the bench after fouling out of the game.
Sanders had just completed his finest game as a professional. The Bucks have preached they want Sanders to learn to control his emotions and just play his game. But for a completely harmless moment, Sanders' emotions came out.
Bucks coach Scott Skiles was asked what he thought of his young forward responding to the crowd.
"Act like you've been there before," Skiles said.
It was just another step in the learning process for Sanders, but who could blame him? He hasn't been there before. Saturday marked more than him scoring a career-high 17 points. No box score could have showed the leap forward Sanders made Saturday...