Sanders is attempting a comeback after two years away from the NBA, and scouts who have watched him work out recently say his timing is off a little and his muscle mass is down from where it used to be. But they report he is still an athletic player whose talent is tempting, even considering his history of off-court issues.
Sanders, 28, has on multiple occasions violated the NBA’s drug policy with positive marijuana tests. He also walked away from the game and later checked himself into a hospital for anxiety and depression.
But during his five-year tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, who drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft, Sanders was one of the most prolific shot-blockers in the league. He has averaged 1.8 blocks per game in his career and was second in the league in blocks per game in 2012-13.
James Harden had a triple-double of 38 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 117-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I wish upper management could be answering these questions because I’m tired of answering the same ones every game. I don’t know. I wish I had the answer, I don’t … I just want to get out there and try to play, try to lead.
Dwyane Wade says he wants to focus on what he can control and leave the Bulls’ personnel decisions to the front-office executives.
“And try to find a way that me and Jimmy can be better to help these guys,” Wade said of All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. “We got to go look at the film, sit down with coach … we got to figure out a way for us to be better so we can help everybody else be better.”
Wade came to the defense of Hoiberg while discussing the issues the Bulls are facing both in the short term and long term.