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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  46 responses

Monta Ellis Wasn’t Sad to Leave the Golden State Warriors


Last night’s blockbuster trade didn’t come as a shock to Monta Ellis, who didn’t sound too heartbroken about no longer being a member of the Golden State Warriors (though the same cannot be said for his now former teammates.) From the San Fran Chronicle: “Shooting guard Monta Ellis was as happy as he’s been in years, showcasing an ear-to-ear smile as he addressed media before leaving the Warriors for Milwaukee. The Warriors on Tuesday night traded the dynamic scorer, along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown’s expiring contract, to the Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and swingman Stephen Jackson. [...] How are you feeling?: ‘It is what it is, man. I had some great years here, and I had some bad ones. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to do what I did for seven years here. I started my career here, but they’re going in another direction. They were good to me here.’ What was the reaction of your teammates?: ‘Everybody is upset, but this is what happens. This is part of the league. I wish them the best. Now, I’m going to go help the Bucks win.’ How did you find out?: ‘I read it on the TV. I don’t have a problem with that. It is what it is.’ Did you tell them that you wanted out?: ‘They didn’t hear that out of my mouth. I kind of figured that something bad was going to happen today. I was prepared for it. I’m good.’ Did you know you were going to Milwaukee?: ‘I knew they weren’t going to send me to a playoff team. But the Bucks are still in the running. I think we can go for the eighth spot.’ [...] You seem very calm: ‘I told you, I was prepared for this. I’m not going to say anything negative.’ You said you wanted to be a Warrior for life?: ‘Everybody says that, but it doesn’t happen that way.’”

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  • Fat Lever

    Maturity, a lot of guys in the league can learn from this.

  • Salty

    What? And NBA player without the effeminate drama?! Say it aint so.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Bucks: Pau Gasol, Devin Ebanks
    Lakers: Brandon Jennings, Drew Gooden, Tobias Harris

  • Otis

    @aman – Otis Smith doesn’t run the Lakers, y’know…

  • Popeye Jones

    Great maturity from this guy. Go somewhere else and keep doing you.

  • FnF

    LOL @ the questioning. “Monta, can you tell us how you’re feeling right now?” “Jubilated” “Do you have any hard feelings for your former employer?” “Nope, I still have a job and I’m looking forward to playing for the Bucks.” “Did you demand a trade?” “I figured it would happen but as a player I don’t get paid to be the GM as well.” “Are you sad you have to leave your teammates and the team you’ve been with for 7 years?” “These are grown men who are well aware of the business side of this league.” “D***it Monta we need a negative soundbite to run with.” “Peace is Love”

  • RunNGun

    Ellis handled it with class. Sure, Milwaukee may not a desirable destination but he goes into a situation where they’re in the playoff hunt. However, even if they made the playoffs, Milwaukee gave up some size. This is not good if they face either the Heat or Bulls with that 8th spot in the East.

  • J

    FnF has it just right. He wasn’t disrespectful to his old club and his answers were perfect. So what is the only negative the press can come up with? That he wasn’t sad to leave. Come on, that implies he was happy to go and didn’t care when that isn’t the case at all. Poor journalism.

  • Iggi

    I’m happy for Monta I hope he does great as he did in a Warriors uniform.
    I think the Warriors showed him no love and the NBA should show him much more deserving respect, cause this guy is really outstanding player.

  • LB

    Love Monta and will miss him. I’m sure the lawsuit at the beginning of the season with the ex-Warriors employee left him more then happy to get out of GS though. Curious to see the chemistry between him and Jennings.

  • Tivon

    I completely agree with you @iggy Monta has always been a stand up guy, and a great talent to watch with the Warriors. The bucks won’t be a drastically better market to showcase his talents, but if they make the playoffs, he’ll get some shine. Monta is extremely better than the NBA world may know. But without a winning team, big market or media, only warriors fans got to see that.

  • Ying

    It’s a good trade for Milwaukee.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaoooo @ FnF

  • abaci

    Way to handle yourself with class Monta, its a good look

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Warriors are a classless organization.

  • robb

    dude’s a pro.

  • bike

    The Bucks promised Monta he could ride his 400 cc moped to and from games.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LULZ^

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i feel really bad for monta… they fact that he found out from TV is just terrible, shame on his agent, best of luck monta for whats to come!

  • Wendell

    Monta’s reponse was more that resectable, it was top drawer esepecially in view of the disrepectful way in which it was handled. Did Monta really hear about it on television while getting dressed for the game? He was the leader, heart and soul, fan-favorite and this is what he receives/
    One thing for sure. The ownership is throwing in the towel on this season (Ellis & Udoh for Another SF). If that does’t say “Wait til next year” I don’t know what does. Meanwhile, that’s strike two against the new owner.

  • FnF

    @VanCityBBall, I’m waiting for a player to say they found out through Wikipedia. “How did you find out about this trade that ESPN/Yahoo got the scoop on as it happened?” “Well, I was only on the internet to google my name and I had seen that there was an update to my NBA.com players profile page. Then I had verified it on Wiki [right before my agent called me to tell me the news].”

  • FnF

    @bike, Monta better be glad he made it to the NBA. 1) What grown man admits to even owning a moped? [Non-delivery professionals] 2)What grown man actually gets hurt riding a moped?

  • Fat Lever

    Anyone else find it funny that a user named “bike” made the first Monta/moped joke?

  • http://gifsoup.com/view/2419491/fat-kid-crash.html LakeShow

    FnF…… This guy…. click my name

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So he found out he was getting trade on TV and people have the nerve to question player’s lack of loyalty to teams.

  • Rainman

    “i knew they werent gonig to send me to a playoff team” “we can make a run for the 8th spot”

    Newsflash dude: Thanks to the embarassment that is the Knicks, u hold the 8th spot now.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    while monta has not been always an effective player or a great teammate, he WAS the attraction and made it fun to watch warriors game (especially when he went on those offensive barrage with difficult/terrible shots). good luck, the Bay will always have love for you.
    see you on Friday.
    AWKWARD.

  • AiRsMiTh

    @RunNGun, Bucks got Monta and Ekpe. A great scorer and a nice young talented power forward. Bogut is pretty much done for this season, and Captain Jack wasn’t getting any PT. Bucks got two nice players essentially for two players that weren’t going to play at all.

  • trueballer4life

    montys an a class dude.. u can tell that it hurt him.. but it is what it is like he said, he’s gonna help out the bucks major! big asset to the team!

  • trueballer4life

    let the trades begin!, nba shake it up!

  • jake

    WARNING!!! THE BUCKS ARE GOING TO BE NASTY!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Nasty chuckers…

  • Yann Blavec

    Since Ricky Rubio got injured, Brandon Jennings is officialy my favorite point-guard. Good thing he gets the backcourt mate he desurve.

  • Sly

    Why did you delete my comment???

  • j

    classy response monta, can’t wait to see him play with the bucks.

  • Drig

    LO……….learn from this. But how the hell are the Bucks hoping this is gonna work?

  • jedi420

    Just gained some respect for Monta how he handled that.. nice work, I’d like to see all these guys thrive on their new teams especially S Jax who has been bench riding all year..

  • MATTYB

    LOL at lakeshow… killer vid

  • fitzy

    i love how the media was trying so hard to pry some dirt out of him but he was having none of it! atta boy monta! i would be cursing left right and centre if I found out via TV, GM’s in the league are so disrespectful these days can’t even shoot a phone call or text the players way, at the very least you could tweet him or something

  • http://pick-and-pop.com Tripset30

    Ellis is saying all the right things, and kudos to him for taking the trade in stride, but when he said that it wouldn’t work with him and Steph before the two of them even played a game together, I think that was the beginning of the end and he could never overcome that.

    But why won’t anybody on here talk about the elephant in the room: the fact that Ellis and Jennings are probably less likely to mesh together than Ellis and Curry? Both Jennings and Ellis are shoot first guys alpha males who need the ball in their hands to be effective. And if you thought the Curry/Ellis back-court was small, wait until you see Jennings and Ellis stand next to each other on the court.

    From a marketing stand point, it’s a good move for Milwaukee. There are going to be nights where they’ll absolutely have the home crowd in a frenzy. But hype doesn’t add to the win column. I don’t think this is going to end well.

  • FnF

    @Tripset30, I guess the Bucks are doing to get big through the draft this year. W/o Bogut they were still winning games. Gooden doing a decent job, Ersan shooting lights out, Jennings shooter better than he has, now you bring in Monta. Could Monta accept a 6th man role for the greater good? All in all, get the offense right and worry about how to defend people later.

  • vtrobot

    2nd what Tripset30 just said.

  • Red Star

    Monta handled that with class! I tip my hat to him! Good job sir!

  • Warriorfan510

    Dam i understand its all buisness and everything but when i moved to the Bay Area the warriors were in the playoffs and since then i watched monta grow, he was a bit of a chucker and all but cmoon he didnt have a good supporting cast so he did what he had to and he would give it his all he was a real warrior, its just sad the way he was sent away the owners couldnt even tell him he had to find out on tv thats just sad i hope he is successful in the future but i got a feeling we won’t hear much from monta anymore

  • BBallLife

    Monta and Ekpe were two of my favorite Warriors. They made this team fun to watch. Nate doesn’t seem to be able to finish in the clutch. Does anyone else think that the team didn’t get any better? They just lost their heart and soul. When you draft players please give them a chance to develop.

  • Genuis

    im surprised at the fact they traded monta, there had to b sum stuff goin on with him and the orginization. he’s still a young scorer who will give you 25 a night ….add that with steph curry and a few other young guys and you build from that. now they have to find another scorer to replace monta and rebuild all over again. what sense does this situation make??

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