Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders was left visibly disappointed after suffering a sprained left ankle as he landed on the foot of Houston's Chandler Parsons and immediately felt pain.
The 6"11" star, who came third in the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 2012/13 and also came seventh for Defensive Player of the year, was rewarded for his form with a call-up to the Team USA squad for their mini-camp in Las Vegas this week.
USA head coach Larry Drew confirmed Sanders' frustration as he told NBA.com: "He just sprained it and it blew up on him a 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."
After declaring himself eligible for NBA draft in 2010, Sanders was picked up by the Bucks as their 15th selection and started to gain national attention during the 2012/13 campaign.
This lead to the recent call-up where he joined a host of top players for the short training camp.
The injury should only set Sanders back for a week, however, he tried to hide his frustration at being forced out of action by covering his head with a towel, as his chances to impress were cut short.
Utah's Derrick Favors sympathised with Sanders' situation as he said: "It's tough to see anyone go down in this situation. Larry was all over the place out there before it happened, too. I saw him over there with that towel over his head and I just told him to keep his head up."
Sanders will now look to recover from the injury and continue to impress in the hope of a call-up next time around, too.
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