Sanders was just beginning to hit his stride when he sustained the injury, which occurred when he was attempting to contest a shot and landed awkwardly on the foot of Houston Rockets swingman Chandler Parsons.
Head coach Larry Drew and Bucks general manager John Hammond did not seem terribly concerned when Sanders spent the rest of the afternoon in the trainer's area receiving treatment for the injury, which included getting his ankle wrapped.
"He just sprained it and it blew up on him a little bit. It's a tough pill for him to swallow because you know how bad he wants to be out there. All of these guys do. But it's just a freak thing that happened," Drew told NBA.com.
Sanders was a disappointing first round pick in 2010 but had a fantastic third season this past year with the Bucks. He averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in the 2012-13 season and was invited to the Team USA mini-camp to tryout to represent the country.
Sanders was clearly frustrated when he returned to the court, watching from the sidelines. He knew he was missing an opportunity to impress the coaching staff, as the mini-camp is the player's chance to earn a place on the Men's Senior National Team.
This is likely just a setback for Sanders, who should be healed within the next couple of days. He should be ready to play for the Buck's fall training camp.
References: SB Nation and CBS Sports.
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