Recently waived center Larry Sanders said he has received treatment for anxiety and depression.
Sanders, who was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, which officially completed his buyout, said in a piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune that he sought treatment.
“I know I disappeared for a while, people wondering where I was. I actually entered into Rogers Memorial Hospital, and it was a program for anxiety and depression, mood disorders,” he said. “It taught me a lot about myself. It taught me about what’s important and where I would want to devote my time and energy.”
Sanders, who was suspended for five games on April 4 for testing positive for marijuana, said he began using the drug to treat his anxiety symptoms.
“Coming to the league, they drop this large amount of money out of nowhere. People automatically change around you,” he said. “… There’s no one really trying to guide, teach you what you should do and what you shouldn’t do. So you get lost, you get your money stolen.”
Sanders appeared in 27 games for Milwaukee this season, averaging 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 21.7 minutes of action per game.
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