Larry Sanders was recently bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving with just half of the $44 million that he had signed up for. Now Sanders has released a video to talk about the issues that have made his career difficult, and why he's walking away from the NBA.
Sanders has chosen to walk away from the NBA, and he talks candidly about his issues with depression and anxiety, and how the pressures of the fame and the money in the NBA can have a seriously detrimental effect on person. He talks about how the people around you change and how the NBA strips you of your freedom of speech.
He makes note of how Twitter in particular can be a platform for great amounts of love, but also a lot of hate from complete strangers - a topic that has obviously had a great amount of media attention over the past year.
Sanders talks about how basketball is all-consuming, and that he's not in the right place to let that be the case at the moment, but that if he feels like he has it in him to return to the court at a later date, then he will.
Disaster has struck once again for the Chicago Bull's Derrick Rose, as it was discovered that he has once again, torn the meniscus in his right knee.
As a result, Rose will have to undergo knee surgery for the third time in three years.
Rose complained of pain in his knee after practice on Tuesday, and was given n MRI afterwards, where the tear was discovered.
It has been a tragic set of injuries for Rose, who was crowned as the 2011 NBA league MVP, with a bright future in the league ahead of him.
In the first game of the play-offs in the 2011-2012 season, he tore the ACL in his left knee, which kept him out of the entire 2012-2013 season. Then just 10 games into the 2013-2014 season, after the much anticipated 'Return', Rose tore the same medial meniscus in his right knee, that he will undergo surgery for this year.
Despite the problems, Rose had been playing reasonably good basketball this season, and while tentative at times, he also showed that he wasn't going to let his injuries slow him down too much, or take away his courage around the basket. Which makes this current injury all the more devastating for the point guard.
Once again, Rose is going to have to face a barrage of questions over whether he will ever stay fit enough to contend in the NBA, and whether he will ever be able to play at the level he did in 2011 to grab himself the MVP title.
While we wish him all the best, we also worry that one of the brightest point guard prospects of his generation might not have the chance to make the history in the NBA that he deserves.
More news coming through from the NBA trade deadline...
GORAN & ZORAN DRAGIC to MIAMI HEAT
There was little doubt that Goran Dragic was going to be traded, but the question was where to. It's now been reported that the Phoenix Suns have traded both Goran, and his brother, Zoran Dragic to the Miami Heat.
In the trade, that involves three teams, the Suns have acquired Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and Justin Hamilton, as well as two first-round picks from Miami.
The Suns have then traded Cole to New Orleans, for John Salmons.
ISAIAH THOMAS to BOSTON CELTICS
The Phoenix Suns have also traded Isaiah Thomas away to the Boston Celtics, while Boston will send Marcus Thornton and 2016 first round draft pick, via the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the Suns.
BRANDON KNIGHT to PHOENIX SUNS | MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS to BUCKS
The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns have agreed on a three-team deal.
Brandon Knight has been traded to the Phoenix Suns, while Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis are now with the Bucks. The 76ers have been sent draft picks.
K.J. MCDANIELS and PABLO PRIGIONI to HOUSTON ROCKETS
The Philadelphia 76ers have traded K.J. McDaniels to the Houston Rockets, in exchange for Isaiah Canaan and a second round draft pick.
The Houston Rockets have also picked up Pable Prigioni from the New York Knicks in return for two second-round draft picks.
Things always get a little crazy around the trade deadline in the NBA, and a few interesting things have certainly gone down in the last few hours.
KEVIN GARNET to MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Sources have reported that Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause in his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, so that he can return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Nets are going to be getting Thaddeus Young in the exchange.
Garnett was drafted as the 5th pick in the 1995 NBA draft by the Twolves, and he spent his first 12 season with the team, taking Minnesota to the Western Conference finals in 2004. The Timberwolves haven't been to the play-offs since then.
REGGIE JACKSON to DETROIT PISTONS / KENDRICK PERKINS to UTAH JAZZ
The Oklahoma City Thunder have dived into the trade action by agreeing to send guard, Reggie Jackson, to the Detroit Pistons. Jackson had requested a trade from OKC, as he wants to look for a starting point guard position.
The Pistons recently lost point guard, Brandon Jennings, to a season ending Achilles injury, making Detroit a good destination for Jackson. OKC will get Kyle Singler from the Pistons.
The Thunder have also traded Kendrick Perkins to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Jazz centre Enes Kanter. Kanter will become a free agent after finishing out the season with the Thunder.
JAVALE MCGEE to PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Shaqtin' a Fool legend, JaVale McGee has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with a first round draft pick. Denver is unloading $11.3 million for this season, and $12 million for next season on McGees contract.
ARRON AFFLALO to PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Arron Afflalo from the Denver Nuggets in a 5-player trade. The Blazers also pick up Alonzo Gee, while sending Thomas Robinson, Victor Claver and Will Barton to the Nuggets.
With the excitement of All-Star weekend in New York City barely behind us, the New York Knicks confirmed that they had waived Amar'e Stoudamire.
The separation had come at Stoudamire's request, as the 32-year old sees little chance success in the near future for the Knicks, and now leaves Carmelo Anthony as a very lonely figure in terms of top flight talent on the Knicks roster.
Almost immediately, reports have started circulating that Stoudemire had agreed to sign a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, on a veterans minimum deal for the rest of the season.
It was also reported that Stoudemire had received interest from the LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.
In terms of the move to Texas, ESPN reported that; "The Mavs envision Stoudemire as a key bench player who will back up center Tyson Chandler and also see spot duty at power forward behind Dirk Nowitzki. He will provide the Mavs with a quality replacement for Brandan Wright, the high-efficiency reserve big man the Mavs gave up in the December deal to acquire Rajon Rondo."
Stoudemire should clear waivers on Wednesday, when a deal can then be made official.
There's something about New York, especially when it comes to basketball, that just makes things seem a little extra special, and basketball fans from NYC will certainly have been glad to see something special at the Garden last night.
Twenty-four of the best basketball players in the world suited up for an entertaining game that saw the Western Conference All-Stars take down the East, in a 163-158 battle.
Russell Westbrook has been the talk of the night, picking up the All-Star MVP award after knocking down 41 points in just 25 minutes of play. His 27 first half points were an All-Star game record, and his total was just 1 shy of Wilt Chamberlains 42 point All-Star record.
He played all over the court, slamming home some high flying dunks, and dropping threes from way downtown, and that's exactly what we've some to expect from Westbrook, who had no intention of taking it easy, even in an exhibition game.
The leagues leading scorer, James Harden, added 29 points for the West, combining on some sick alley-oops from the 3-point contest winner, Steph Curry. Curry showed of his infamous handles and some fancy passing to grab some highlight reel action on the night - check out the video below.
In the East, LeBron James led the scoring with a team-high 30 points, which took him past Michael Jordan on the All-Star scoring list, with a total of 278 points, just two behind the leading All-Star scorer, Kobe Bryant.
Pau Gasol chipped in for the East with a game-high 12 rebounds and 10 points in a double-double effort. Pau won the tip-off at the start of the game, against his brother, Marc Gasol, as they became the first brothers to start an All-Star game.
It was good to see a decent amount of stage-sharing going on in the game. Without that, we probably wouldn't have seen the likes of Kyle Korver having the chance to knock down 7 of 12 three-pointers or point guards Kyle Lowry and John Wall showing some hops. Even the older guys like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki were getting in on the action, however briefly, and just generally enjoying the event.
The player who should have been most at home in Madison Square Garden was Carmelo Anthony, who might have enjoyed playing alongside some worthy teammates, after struggling through a dire start to the season with a crumbling Knicks side.
Anthony might well sit out the rest of the season after the All-Star break, knowing that there's little that can be done to save New Yorks regular basketball season, especially with news coming through the the Knicks were putting the finishing touches to a buyout for Amar'e Stoudemire.
The NYC crowd enjoyed the dazzling basketball action while they could, and LeBron James perhaps summed up a lot of feeling about the city when he said "Don't get no better, man…You play in the Garden in front of these fans. They know the game of basketball."
Now we get on with the serious business of finishing off the 2014-15 NBA season, but just before we do, check out the highlight reel from the 64th NBA All-Star game. Enjoy.
The 3-Point contest has probably been one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the 2015 All-Star weekend, thanks to one of the toughest rosters of shooters to take to the court.
After the first round, it was pretty obvious just how tough the contest was going to be. Defending 3-point champion, Marco Bellinelli didn't make it past the first round with a score of 18. The NBA's leading 3-point shooter this season, Kyle Korver, went out in the first round, also on a score of 18 and James Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, also went home after the first round, with a score of 15.
The real focus of the night was on the Splash Brothers, in the Warriors Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry is widely known for his 3-point prowess, while Thompson rocketed up the popularity stakes this year after scoring 37 points in a single quarter, setting a new NBA record.
Both Curry and Thompson would make it to the final, where only Kyrie Irving, who won the 2013 3-Point Contest, stood in the way of some Warrior glory.
Irving stepped up first to score just 17 points in the final round, which was quickly followed by an amazing 27 point rally by Curry, who hit 13 threes in a row - the second most consecutive made 3s in the history of the competition (behind Craig Hodges, who had 19 in the 1991 contest).
Thompson would fall short in the end, going for just 14 in the final.
After 4 attempts, Steph Curry can finally say that he's an NBA All-Star 3-Point Competition winner, and that he did it in style, against a tough field.
LaVine stepped out and got a perfect 50 score on his first dunk, which was a high flying between the legs jam. For his second dunk, he went behind his back on his way to the rim to secure his place in the next stage of the competition.
The 19-year old Minnesota Timberwolves rookie beat off competition from Victor Oladipo, who went to the final with LaVine, as well as Giannia Antetokounmpo and Mason Plumlee.
Oladipo looked like stiff competition in the first round, also scoring a perfect 50 for a 360-degree, reverse jam. However LaVine would be the only player to score another perfect 50 in the second round to fly straight to the final.
LaVine won the title on two dunks, scoring 45 and 49, to Oladipo's 31 and 44.
In taking the title, LaVine became the second youngest champion of the event, with Kobe Bryant being the youngest, having won it when he was 18.
Aged 7, she was marked out as having exception natural talent and quickly became a little league star in her home town of Philadelphia. She has been playing on all-boys teams, and eliminating her competition in Basketball and Baseball, becoming the first ever girl to win a Little League World Series game.
She takes the typical 'throw like a girl' slur, and turns it on it's head. If this is how girls throw, then we would all be proud to say we throw like a girl.
Having shot to fame in America, even knocking Kobe Bryant off the cover of Sports Illustrated, she took to the court last night to take part in her first NBA Celebrity All-Star game.
We've seen Hart take part in the event for years, and are well aware of his over-the-top, cheeky antics on the court, so it was great to see Davis not only play him at his own game at times, but to trash talk him when spun to the basket, leaving Hart in the dust.
Davis helped the West team, to beat Hart's East 59-51, saying "It was a lot of fun, a lot of people never say me play basketball…To play in the celebrity All-Star game was pretty cool."
Check out some of Davis' moves against this year's celebrity MVP.
The 2015 NBA All-Star weekend got underway last night, as we were able to see some of the brightest young talent in the league, show off in the Rising Stars Challenge.
This years format saw U.S. players go up against a World team, and made for the usually entertaining watching.
Canadian Andrew Wiggins, showed out on offence for the World team, scoring 22 points and claiming the MVP prize on the night.
While All-Star events aren't really known for their defensive efforts, France's Rudy Gobert put on a block show at times, and finished the night with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia) was able to play on his Net's home court at Barclays Centre, and joined Chicago's Nikola Mirotic (Montenegro) in adding 16 points each to the tally which would eventually see the World team beat the USA 121 - 112.
On the U.S. side, Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Minnesota's Zach LaVine scored 22 points a piece, while putting on a dunk shows ahead of their appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest tomorrow night.
Overall, the game was what you'd expect - a lot of one-on-one action, with little defence and plenty of dunks, as the new guys on the block get a chance to relax and have some fun with the game.
Take a look at some of the top plays, from last night's action.