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Monday , Nov , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis staying with Golden State because Don Nelson gone?

Warriors guard Monta Ellis was mentioned in trade rumors this summer, but the team is no longer interested in moving him, according to The San Jose Mercury News.

Golden State (4-1) is off to their best start in 16 years and Ellis is playing much more efficiently so far this season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Maybe this is a coincidence. Maybe not.

There is, however, no disputing the obvious: Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors are a happier, more functional team since Don Nelson, the mad scientist on the sideline, retired.

To be fair, Nelson wins regular season games. And his small-ball approach occasionally captivated –who can forget the Warriors upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs?

He also alienated. Soon after the ‘We Believe’ miracle, Nelson soured on key players such as Baron Davis, Al Harrington, and Stephen Jackson.

Such dysfunction unfortunately influenced Ellis, a young combo guard with quicks and skills.

For instance, Ellis lied about injuring his ankle while riding a moped. The reason: he was in violation of his 6 year, $66 million extension.

Ellis also ‘welcomed’ rookie Stephen Curry to his first ever training camp by declaring he couldn’t form a backcourt with the lottery pick.  There were trade requests and disputes with the organization.

This, as they say, is water under the bridge.

Nelson is gone –for good. New Coach Keith Smart has the Warriors at 4-1. Ellis is happy with the team. The team is happy with Ellis. 

Maybe this is a coincidence. Probably not.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Oct , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Carlos Boozer pulling a ‘Monta Ellis’ on Chicago Bulls?

The Bulls are reportedly looking in to Carlos Boozer's explanation of how he fractured a bone in his shooting hand. Boozer said he tripped over a bag in the dark while answering the door. It was just dark, my doorbell rang and I tripped over a gym bag, tried to brace myself and it popped," Boozer said the day after suffering the injury.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Chicago Bulls think Carlos Boozer is pulling a Monta Ellis.

The club – who signed Boozer to a five-year, $85 million free agent contract – does not believe the power forward’s story about tripping and breaking his hand.

Like the Golden State Warriors and Ellis, the Bulls are investigating the All-Star. While nobody is saying Boozer sustained the injury riding a moped, his falling in the dark saga sounds dubious.

Whatever happens with the investigation, this isn’t good.

Clearly, the Bulls don’t trust Boozer. If they did, there’d be no investigation. The focus would be rehab –and nothing else.

Bottom line: this isn’t the way for Boozer and the Bulls to start a five year relationship.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Sep , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis takes ‘blame’, but Warriors still looking at trading him?

"A month before the season was over with, I really had to sit back and blame myself in a sense because I'm that leader; I'm that one who everybody feeds off of," Ellis said. "Everything that went on last year (regarding Curry) shouldn't have gone on. I blame myself."
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally, a sign of maturity from Monta Ellis.

Despite his tremendous talent, the lightning quick combo guard has failed to fulfill expectations as a franchise player for the Golden State Warriors.

After all, he injured his leg riding a moped – the vehicle of choice for European males and American teenagers. Ellis, of course, lied about how he sustained the injury because cruising in a moped violates his contract.

Ellis then spent a season or so feuding with Coach Don Nelson and the Warriors. Worst of all, he called out teammate Stephen Curry before his first training camp in 2009, saying he couldn’t play with the then rookie sharpshooter.

Give Ellis credit for manning up. Give Ellis credit for admitting publicly he was wrong. And give Ellis credit for trying to move on.

Is it too late, though?

Over the summer, Chris Cohan sold the Warriors for a record $450 million to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. Thankfully, wholesale changes are coming to The Bay. 

The new regime aren’t enamoured with Nelson, the mad-scientist sideline boss. Reports indicate Nellie will be given his walking papers, even though it could cost ownership $6 million.

A change on the bench doesn’t mean Ellis is secure. Reports indicate Lacob and Guber aren’t sold on Ellis’ play and attitude, so a trade could be in the works. 

Perhaps Ellis feels the need to speak up and explain himself. Whatever his motivation, it’s a start. Only time will tell if it’s enough for him to stay with the Warriors long-term.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Monday , Jul , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Al Jefferson to Golden State, David Lee to Minnesota, Monta Ellis to New York?

There are rumors of three-way trade discussions among Golden State, Minnesota and New York, in which Al Jefferson would be sent to the Warriors, David Lee to the Timberwolves, and Monta Ellis to the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Good franchises make moves to improve. Bad franchises make moves for the sake of making moves.
 
So here's the question: are the Warriors, Timberwolves, and Knicks better if they go through with this trade?
 
The answer: probably not.
 
Al Jefferson would likely get lost in Golden State, playing for mad-scientist Coach Don Nelson; David Lee would post numbers and never, ever see the playoffs in The Frozen Tundra of 'Sota; and Monta Ellis would score but do little else for New York.
 
However, rumors are good for teams. It appeases their ignorant fans. It gives those fans something to chat about and distracts them from the real problems.
 
For instance, Golden State needs a new owner and coach, not Jefferson. Instead of Lee, Minnesota needs to follow Oklahoma City's model of trading veteran assets and continuing to rebuild via the draft. And New York needs to realize Amar'e Stoudemire and Ellis can't replace the dream of signing Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
 
If these three teams want out of the cellar,  they must think of real, tangible ways of getting better. And this deal doesn't do that.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Wednesday , May , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Larry Ellison save the Golden State Warriors?

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is among "more than a dozen" suitors who have submitted non-binding bids for the Warriors, a source close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

"He is a part of it," the source said.

According to another source, so are the San Francisco Giants, 24 Hour Fitness owner Mark Mastrov, an NFL owner, a former Lakers star and a group of prominent Chinese businesspeople, among others. Galatioto Sports Partners and Warriors owner Chris Cohan will choose the best prospects in the next week.

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HoopsVibe's Call: Give Larry Ellison a cape, tights, and Dwight Howard/Shaquille O'Neal's phone booth because he could be Superman and save the sorry Golden State Warriors.

Ellison, if approved as Golden State's owner, would bring something to The Bay that has been in short supply: sanity. Simply put, Cohan and Coach Don Nelson have ruined the Warriors. There's zero plan. Players, both past and present, have had significant issues with the club (see Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, and Al Harrington). Even their loyal fans are disgusted.

The right owner, Ellison, would surely hire the right basketball people -not Nelson and his group of faithful lackeys on the bench and in the front office. Talented youngsters like Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, and Ellis could then blossom with proper mentorship.

A change at the top would do Golden State good. It starts with Cohan cashing out as owner and being replaced with someone such as Ellison.

Is Cohan the problem with the Golden State Warriors? Does he have to sell for the team to turn things around? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts.