by Marcel Mutoni

After everything that happened during Scooter-Gate, some of the more connected folks in the Bay Area hoops world (OK, fine, mostly this dude) were convinced that Monta Ellis wasn’t long for the Warriors.

According to Monta, however, he doesn’t see himself playing anywhere else for a while. From the San Fran Chronicle:

“Listen, whatever it is about me leaving, wanting to go, I don’t want to play for Nellie — that never came from my mouth. I don’t know where they got that from, but I’m here for the next six years. I’m a Warrior. I’m going to always be a Warrior. Whoever put that out there did it because they wanted a story.

I’m making it known right now that I’m a Warrior. I love playing for Nellie. And I never said that, not one time. So you don’t have to worry about that…I’m here for the next six years. Only thing I’m worried about is getting back on the basketball court.”

In continuing with the good vibes, Ellis participated in a full practice for the first time since his injury yesterday, and says he felt pretty good out there.

Game action doesn’t appear too far off into the future, add that to Ellis’s verbal commitment to the franchise, and Warrior fans have reason to finally smile this season.