The Milwaukee Bucks' latest outing was a 116-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, and frustration is beginning to mount within the team. Gary Neal and Larry Sanders were engaged in an argument after the game while reporters were in the locker room and Neal called out Sanders' effort, reports Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Reporters were asked by players to leave but the argument continued and Neal left shouting, "I earned my money. Why don't you try it?"
Sanders earlier could be heard questioning Neal's attitude.
But Sanders said he would not comment about the argument.
Sanders played 26 minutes, finishing with seven points and two rebounds in the loss. His rebounding and scoring numbers have both dropped from his career-high marks last season, though he's also playing less minutes. Sanders has only played in eight of the Bucks' games this season, missing extended time after tearing a ligament in his thumb. The injury occurred during an altercation he was involved in at a Milwaukee night club.
The Bucks inked Sanders to a four-year, $44 million extension that kicks in next season. He will far and away be the highest-paid player on the team barring a free agency signing.
Milwaukee is at the bottom of the NBA, winning just seven of their 33 games after sneaking into the playoffs last season as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. The franchise has undergone major changes over the last two seasons, moving away from their backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis and into a future without a clear-cut direction.