When I was writing a recap of the Warriors/Thunder game we attended a couple weeks ago, I wrote a long paragraph detailing how angry Monta Ellis looked when he was removed from the game in the fourth quarter. I wrote about how weird it was that he was removed so early in the fourth quarter during what had been his most efficient offensive game of the season (7-for-13 shooting, several niceÃ‚Â passes, even a hint of effort on defense), and how Ellis looked like he wanted off the team.
Then I found out he had re-injured his ankle and would be out a couple weeks, and quickly removed that paragraph.
I should have gone with my instincts, according to what Marcus Thompson II wrote on his blog.
* Ellis has been showing several signs of discontent lately. He, at times hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t taken part in huddles. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been late to shootarounds and practices without so much as an excuse. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been known to mumble – during moments of frustration on the court, like when he was taken out late in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t return – that the Warriors need to trade him.
Monta also pulled a Barry Bonds and skipped the team photo shoot, and his recent departure from the team to take care of a “family matter” has more to do with his frustration with the Warriors’ organization according to team sources that spoke to Thompson II, who also passed along this tidbit:
* When Monta left, he took a lot of luggage. So much that some thought he had planned to be gone much longer than a few days.
Don Nelson admitted yesterday on KNBR that he had played Ellis too many minutes, in effect taking the blame for Monta’s recent ankle problems. Was that an attempt to repair a relationship with Ellis that is in danger of being beyond repair? No matter what, don’t expect to see Monta play again anytime soon. I’d even go as far to say I expect Monta will get traded after the season. What a disaster the Warriors have become.
Links to click on
–It’s gotten so bad around here for our local professional squads, even the Sharks = fail…thanks in part to this blunder by goalie Brian Boucher. (Fear the Fin)
–If the Lakers were rappers, which ones would they be? Here’s your answer. (LA Weekly)
–The Giants were willing to offer Manny two years for a little over $40 million, with no opt-out. (Sports Illustrated)
–Eugenio Velez is playing with the same confidence he had in winter ball. (SF Gate)
–Is there a method to Don Nelson’s madness? (Free Darko)
–The Raiders are the favorites to sign Terrell Owens, according to Sportsbook.com. (Real Football 365)