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The bad news? Larry Sanders looked like a guy who hasn’t played pro basketball in two years.
The good news? Sanders has not, in fact, played pro basketball in two years.
Actually, that’s not entirely true — as Sanders garnered two minutes with the Cavaliers after signing with the team last week. But those were two garbage-time minutes.
His real debut came Saturday, as Sanders played 11 minutes with the Canton Charge.
The good news? The Charge won their regular-season home finale, 104-101 over the Windy City Bulls.
The so-so news? Sanders finished with zero baskets, two made free throws, one rebounds and a whopping five fouls in 11 minutes.
Basically, Sanders looked really rusty, and that’s actually OK. It’s about what the Cavaliers expected.
Sanders will get more time with the Charge, as they finish the regular season with four straight road games (beginning Thursday at Maine).
The 6-foot-11 Sanders is expected to be a part of them all. Then, the Cavs hope he can be closer to ready for when the playoffs start in four weeks.
They signed him for the future — and yes, the near future. As for the immediate future, well, they may have to wait.
Sanders was sent to Canton to work on his timing and play his way back into real game shape, and he may need every minute the Charge can muster.