Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  37 responses

The Warriors and Their Lies

by Marcel Mutoni

What a mess in Oakland.

At a hideous 21 games below .500, one would think that the Golden State Warriors’ on-the-court issues sufficed. And one would be wrong.

When not busy starting some hare-brained youth movement, the coach is threatening his players with ultimatums, and now, the front office is being accused of flat-out lying to the ticket buyers.

Monta Ellis, already upset with the team, says his latest absence had nothing to do with an injury (despite what his employer told everyone).

The San Fran Chronicle reports:

Two weeks ago, the Warriors announced that they were temporarily shutting Ellis down because of lingering stiffness in his surgically repaired ankle. On Monday, Ellis insisted the ankle was never an issue and still isn’t.

“My mom was sick. That’s why I took the time off,” said Ellis, who has missed the last seven games. “It had nothing to do with my ankle.”

Ellis did not practice Monday, while Nelson said the guard was awaiting medical clearance to rejoin practice. If that doesn’t jibe, it’s only typical of a Warriors season filled with flip-flops and about-faces.

Not to worry, Warriors fans. You only have to put up with this nonsense for a few more months; football season is right around the corner. Oh, wait

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  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I’m so sick of Don Nelson.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    How did Don Nelson change from goofy crazy genius coach into scheming “establishment” guy?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I wrote it in a blog about Don Nelson last month. He should leave town faster than Jamal Crawford launches a 3. All of the problems that they have right now is all because of one man and one man only: Don Nelson.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    If what Monta said is true, then that is pretty f*cked up on all levels of the Warriors organization. Then again, we are talking about Moped Boy here.

  • http://www.obviated.blogspot.com nick

    I think this all starts with mullin and nelson not being on the same page.

  • jay

    i don’t trust Monta Ellis with my lunchmoney.Tell him to get at me.

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    The comparison to the Raiders is getting more appropriate by the day.

  • J

    And Monta is the same guy who thinks he’s been playing the point since he came back. Both sides need to just shut the f up and play.

    The off-season cannot get here quick enough.

  • tenorca

    The high hopes I had for Monta are being rapidly transfered to Anthony Randolph. At least, until he goes cliff diving and breaks his face.
    So weak, Monta. So weak, Cohen/Rowell/Nellie.

  • Scoop

    Damn. everybody in the org needs to stop whinin and step up.

  • reggie haters

    I trust Monta for the simple fact that you do not lie about your mom being sick. It was obvious a private matter and he was fed up to the point, where he didn’t want to release the info, but had to do so to get the truth out. The real things they need to worry about are : why the hell doesnt anthony randolph play more, why the hell did they sign corey maggette, why the hell did they really trust don nelson with the organization, and why the hell do they have 14 shooting guards???

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    this from brrrm brrrrm kid? Yawn!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    This is the tip of the iceberg, guys.
    This has been a trainwreck (from front office on down) for some time. I’ll resist unloading the info I am privy to.

    That Nellie is playing out the string is a bit of understatement. Doing your job just to establish records is stupid.

    Right, Emmitt Smith?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Darksaber, even Monta underestimates the level of crap this organization is buried under.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    In 2 short years this sh@* totally went crazy. They say all greatness (2 yrs ago) teeters on the brink of insanity (now).

  • http://yourwrong.wordpress.com thashyt

    I don’t know if you all realize that Nellie is essentially now the GM as well as the Coach. He (with hope from Rohan) completely pushed Mullin out of the picture, and even continue to punish players that Mullin had hand-picked (randolph, marcus williams, al harrington).

    This isn’t even a soap opera, as none of the players heavily involved are that good, save Monta. It’s just garbage. It’s impossible to figure out what Nellie’s trying to do, but whatever it is – it’s not working. Is he trying to get fired? That’s the only thing that would make sense. The Kings have the worst record in the league, but they look like the model franchise compared to the W’s!

  • Kozmic

    What a mess, David Stern must be very happy…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    fun times in the yay

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    It was all good 2 years ago…..

  • Harlem_World

    Trying to push Mullin back to the bottle. I said it before, Nelson has gone senile.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Sorry I got here so late, my mom was sick…

  • http://www.slamonline.comi Jake Appleman

    Steve Francis and Michael Beasley round out the All Apples team.

  • Ali

    I think the Warriors should trade Monte during the offseason and just cope with him for the rest of season.

  • Chris

    I think everyone is over reacting. Especially the people who’s job it is to write this stuff. They must fill the void of no stories by making their own conclusion, throwing in opinions to issues that may not even exist.

    Warriors only need righ now is to get the #1 pick in the draft. Griffin and Biedrins together, who cares who plays with them.

    Yet knowing this is the NBA, the Knicks probably will somehow get the #1 pick, even if they made the playoffs.

  • Josh D

    The reason why Monta isn’t playing couldn’t be much worse than the last time, so why don’t they just say?

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Don’t look now, but Marcus Williams just got cut

  • J

    Marcus Williams was cut long before today.

    And whose going to want to pay “Monte”, after a surgery on the ankle without playing enough to prove he’s 100% healthy?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    the warriors seriously need to change their front office.

  • Shawn Alexander

    trade for Crawford was always suspect to me. Great player & somewhat contributed to some of the teams little success, but they brought him in to temporarily fill a G position for Monta? So what happens when he comes back? They should’ve looked somewhere else, maybe for a real PG to replace Baron, & maybe shouldn’t have signed Maggette. The starting 5 should of been Ellis, Jackson, Maggette, Randolph (GREAT player when he gets the minutes. I mean he gave the 2nd pick Michael Beasley trouble every time they played. Helloooo?) & Biedrins. But they just screwed up all types of ways. Still love the Warriors though…


    Wow…I sooo cherish my pistons now! Just when u think ur teams situation is bad, there’s always the warriors and clips lmao

  • nate james

    never should of got rid of j rich, and baron..

  • giogolo

    It’s Don Nelson wanting to retire already and not being able to because of his contract plus Cuban having not paid him yet.
    He’s clearly doing this to mess things up ’till owner get fed up fire him with his money of course.
    All Sg team my ass..

  • CHE

    warriors should have kept the squad they had with monta, baron, beidrins, matt barnes, j-rich, mike pitrus, al harrington and stephen jackson. Great team to watch play. Capt Jack is still the man for the warriors.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    I blame this whole mess on Baron Davis – that team was going places and if BD stayed, the chemistry they had plus the development of their bigs wouldve made a huge difference.

  • http://n/a SayatNova

    What Go’s around comes around. All you White Folks were racist mothered fu..kers now All us Black folks will fu..k u up if you come to the hood.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Chris Mullin has bad hair