NBA: Larry Sanders sheds light on mental illness

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Last month, NBA big man Larry Sanders announced his retirement from basketball. Sanders had not played for the Milwaukee Bucks since Christmas, sidelined with what was initially called an “illness”, and what was later referred to as “personal reasons” by the Bucks organization. Fortunately, Sanders was able to reach a buyout agreement with the Bucks. It was reported that over the next seven years, he will receive roughly half of the $33 million he was contractually promised.

In an attempt to clear the air, Sanders shared his story on the Player’s Tribune, clarifying exactly what some of those “personal reasons” were: depression and anxiety, the often comorbid mental illnesses. It would be incomplete to paraphrase his insights, so his contribution to the Tribune can be seen below in its entirety.

Everyone’s come up with their own theories about why I’ve been absent since leaving the Bucks. I knew people would…

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