Monta Ellis must look in mirror before blaming Golden State Warriors
Remember, the Warriors could have voided Ellis 6-year, 66 million extension after he violated the terms of his contract by injuring his leg goofing around on a moped. Coach Don Nelson and owner Chris Cohan, for all their faults, were fairly measured in their response, even though Ellis initially lied about how he got hurt …
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My Quick Analysis: What does Monta Ellis see when he looks at himself in the mirror?
One day after disgruntled forward Stephen Jackson was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Golden State Warriors learned that Ellis has no interest in assuming more of a leadership role.
In an interview with Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, the combo guard dissolved himself of blame for the Warriors’ poor start and told teammates to improve their play.
“I’m not going to put more on my back. Somebody else gonna have to step up. I’m not gonna do more, somebody else gonna have to step up and take on the role Jack had and be that player. But I’m putting no more extra on my back”
Unfortunately, Ellis was just warming up. The former second round pick then told Thompson he was the only Warrior who bothered playing defense.
“That’s (Jackson) one of our best defenders on the team. And we’re trying to get better as a defensive team. And now, who we got now that’s going to play defense? We got me. And who else?” (Thompson, Contra Costa Times)
Obviously, Golden State is a dysfunctional organization. And they are partially at fault for ruining their promising scorer. However, Ellis has to stop acting like, well, his you-know-what doesn’t stink and start acting like a professional.
Remember, the Warriors could have voided Ellis’ 6-year, 66 million extension after he violated the terms of his contract by injuring his leg goofing around on a moped. Coach Don Nelson and owner Chris Cohan, for all their faults, were fairly measured in their response, even though Ellis initially lied about how he got hurt.
No teammate threw him under the moped/bus, either. Of course, Ellis didn’t give rookie Stephen Curry the same courtesy, telling reporters on media day he couldn’t possibly form a backcourt with the team’s 2009 lottery pick. And now he’s criticizing the entire team.
Ellis was once a polite teenager from Mississippi, who was just trying to stick in the NBA. Hopefully, he looks in the mirror and finds that person soon.
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