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Sunday , Apr , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors to keep Curry and Ellis?

Golden State general manager Larry Riley expects the strong scoring but small backcourt of 6-foot-3 guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry to be in tact when next season begins, he told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Larry Riley, the GM, says one thing. Joe Lacob, the owner, has said differently.

It seems the Golden State Warriors can’t make up their mind on whether they want to go small, starting undersized Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis in the backcourt.

Riley sees the upside: Curry is a deadly shooter with a great basketball IQ, while Ellis is a sensational scorer. According to Riley, this more than compensates for both being 6-foot-3 and lean.

Lacob sees the negative: Curry and Ellis can both be posted up by bigger guards on the defensive end, who will then use their size to create mismatches. So the billionaire is open to trading either player. 

Riley and Lacob both have a point. Each has expressed their view publicly. Obviously, the GM and owner shouldn’t have their differing views out for public consumption.

However, Lacob inherited Riley. Ten months ago, he bought the club from Chris Cohan, and got stuck with Riley –the lowest paid GM in the league (your draw your own conclusions).

Riley will apparently be returning, but nobody knows for sure. The Curry-Ellis backcourt is far from a sure thing.

--Oly Sandor.

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