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Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  60 responses

Mark Jackson Says Monta Ellis Trade Changed the Warriors’ Culture


When Monta Ellis was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012 as part of the deal that brought Andrew Bogut, the Golden State Warriors’ team culture changed for the better. So claims head coach Mark Jackson. Per NBA.com (via Sulia): “It helped change the culture. Obviously it was easier to pull the trigger because we knew what we had in Klay (Thompson) and it was time for him to be a starting two-guard. And he does everything right.’ How did that trade change the culture? Jackson paused four seconds. ‘It helped change the culture,’ he finally said. Anything specific? ‘You know.’ It wasn’t just about acquiring Bogut or developing Thompson, in other words. It was about atmosphere.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.merlo Tony Merlo

    Where is the “click here to read rest of article” button?

  • Dizzy

    Mark Jackson subtly shits on Monta Ellis.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the should be on your computer, the link is in the second line

  • spit hot fiyah

    nbk, u have the company of one mark jackson by the fire

  • jmm

    Great trade for the Warriors. Skilled 7 foot centers who give a damn are way harder to find than 6’3″ guys who like to take 18 shots a game. Plus having an Australian in the locker room is always a good thing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hahahahahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Monta Ellis is the 3rd best Shooting Guard in this League” – Mark Jackson.

  • Rockwell

    For most of the season, the Warriors looked like the losers of the trade because Bogut couldn’t stay healthy enough to stay on the court. But I’m glad Bogut is getting his due on the biggest of stages. He’s been huge for the Warriors for their playoff run. He’s been a rock defensively and he’s been a monster on the boards. He’s guarded Tim Duncan one on one as good as anyone I’ve seen, and he’s a solid help defender too. Plus he’s a good passer. You can tell he’s really gritting it out because he is grimacing all the time whenever the camera focuses on him.

  • Rockwell

    The Warriors were going nowhere with Ellis sharing the backcourt with Curry. Ellis would have just taken shots and minutes from Curry and Thompson. Ellis’ ideal role on a winning team should be as a sixth man like J.R. Smith or Jamal Crawford because Ellis can’t keep up with bigger guards defensively as a starter.

  • don

    damn, that’s throwing my fave player under the bus. come on mark, be classy. at least say “ellis played hard” or something.

  • jmm

    He’d definitely be a killer sixth man. I think after seeing the years JR and Crawford had this year a lot of teams will find more value in young gunners (who have starting talent) off the bench – seems like an emerging trend?

  • jmm

    Hope dude stays healthy for sure. Definitely an excellent passer for a big guy.

  • fruizm

    Monta is getting a lot of hate lately!

  • davidR

    ;)

  • davidR

    monta would definitely thrive in that role

  • shockexchange

    Darn Mark Jackson, you could have at least thrown out a subliminal – “After trading that imaginary giant from Mississippi …” The Shock Exchange would have figured out who it was.

  • LakeShow

    Ouch…
    That honestly probably took his free agency ticket down a couple mill right there.

  • LakeShow

    Not undeservingly… Unfortunately for him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, he’ll probably still get overpaid. i don’t think anyone needed Jackson to say this, in GM circles that is.

  • gto

    Couldn’t have said it better myself Mark Jackson. Those who play “hero” ball are a dime a dozen, have little to no basketball IQ, and do little in the long run to help a team win consistently. Monta doesn’t bring anything to the table except jacking up shots. Best day of my life when the Warriors traded him. Just as good as DWade? psssht, YOU FOOL.

  • LakeShow

    I think it still plays a small role. Like I said “a couple mill”.
    With how the Warriors are currently playing and the way Monta played this year, I feel it will play a role. And yes he will still get grossly overpaid.

    Hopefully some team (probably PHX ) throws him $35 million over 4 years and no one matches it…

    What do you think? What’s he worth? And what do you think he’ll get?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think he’s worth around 8 mill a year as the 6th man off the bench.
    .
    i think he will get 3 years, 32ish million to be the go to guy on a crappy club. maybe Milwuakee lol

  • chyea

    Wait, but Monta Ellis have it all

  • The Saviour

    At no point in that article does it give the impression he doesn’t still think that – it changed the team, a quote on him as an individual player is pointless here.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    great for the warriors and their fans

  • TR

    I agree that Monta isn’t a franchise player or anything like that, but in person he is well worth the price of admission

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    he believes in his players?!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    until they leave? or he just lies to the public? either way he’s dishonest.
    .
    .
    either way, he said those words. then he said these words. and they contradict each other.

  • roscoe

    so… realistically the teams who will sign him are?

    MIN (evidence: roy)
    ATL (evidence: johnson contract)
    ORL (seriously?)
    CHA (evidence: umm idnt want 2say)
    LAC (evidence:the donald)
    SAC (evidence: too easy)
    PHI (evidence: bynum/doug collins come to mind)
    TOR (evidence: none – just guessing)
    MIL (evidence: we don’t have enuf time)
    PHX (evidence: beasley)

    who else?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would take Phoenix off that list.
    .
    Ryan McDonough is not Lance Blanks.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the third best shooting guard in the league doesn’t make his team better by leaving.
    .
    that is simple logic, that i didn’t think needed to be stated for you to understand what he’s saying.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh and Phoenix is no longer an option. Ryan McDonough is no dummy.

  • davidR

    it was debatable last season that monta was the 3rd best SG. after wade and kobe, SG was pretty thin

  • davidR

    i would love for him to follow that jr smith / crawford role on a serious team

  • LakeShow

    I’ma laugh really hard if they grab him for $50 mill now lmao…
    JP’n, but who is he? New blood?
    I hope PHX builds through the draft over the next two, three years. Hopefully the don’t eye Al Jefferson as a hot free agent…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nah. Harden was better. Johnson was better. Manu was better.

  • davidR

    like i said, debatable. especially considering the injury woes the dubs had last season, versus harden/joe/manu all on healthy + superior teams

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He was Danny Ainges assistant GM and was the guy who pushed for Rondo and Bradley. All evidence says he’s smart

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This season proved injury woes are what made Ellis seem better than he was.

  • LakeShow

    fair

  • davidR

    completely different roster from last year and this year. last year, the starting point guard was charles jenkins for long stretches (with no backup when curry was out). the starting center was andris biedrins, with kwame brown and udoh (and sometimes dominic mcguire) as backups. rush/wright/nate rob split times on the wings.

    but i get your point that ellis shouldn’t be your #1 or #2 option. he’s best suited off the bench, and guys like crawford/jr smith should make it more enticing for him to embrace that 6th man role

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah I’m in the same boat

  • Mariano

    He gets some sort of pain injection before every game

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Duncan is scoring on him fairly easily, i dont know what you’re talking about

  • Mars

    Monta would thrive, starting, on the Boston Celtics with an actual point guard. Hipsters forget that Monta was doing the Russell West thing in GS before Steph finally got healthy. Yeah, I know the last time they made the playoffs was in 08′ but Monta was ballin out of control & still at Davidson, getting buckets. I guess it’s ok to burn a guy tho. What ev’s. Lets just enjoy this for this year because we love the culture. And Bogut is a bum. Don’t even start with he’s a….no. Stop it 5!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    He had that role for a while in the ’07 We Believe squad and look what that got them. Chicago would have needed Monta, but it seems Nate Robinson flat out shut that need up.

  • SirGrey

    But those Golden State fans booed it hard the day after the trade.

  • Zabbah

    Whatevs

  • Zabbah

    How about “both ellis’ played hard?”

  • meh

    Would also strike orl off as well, they want high character guys and wont waste cap on middle of the road guys

  • danpowers

    i guess thats why the fans r fans and not the gm

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    IT was obvious Bogut was better, but the question was would he be healthy. Good for him because he is so important to their team, I hope he can stay on the floor. Plus with Ellis gone, Thompson was given minutes…addition by subtraction!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I hope he chills his ego a bit and takes that role. He would really help out a team like Memphis as a six man. I think it’s been made clear throughout his career that when he is the guy, his team goes nowhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Chicago would’ve loved Monta, and they still would, just couldn’t/can’t afford him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I think they were winners regardless because getting rid of Ellis meant that Thompson got minutes, and Thompson has outperformed Ellis. Bogut is just a plus….a HUGE plus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Nah, I don’t think they need him. Nate provides everything Monta does: explosive offense off the bench and the capability to start and sometimes take over games.
    Two undersized scoring guards, Ellis being a lot less of a player defensively than Nate(at least pound-for-pound), plus the latter being about 5-6mil cheaper annually provided that he’s re-signed? I’d take Nate in a heartbeat.

  • Mack

    Amen! Monta isn’t going to win anything unless he converts himself to a full-time point guard or designated 6th man on a contender, but we all know that won’t happen.

  • http://twitter.com/RapistOnBail Rapist on BAIL

    offensively he is just as good as Wade. Wade is just a better all around player on both ends of the court. But on the offensive end, his number is just as good as Wade or better.

  • http://twitter.com/RapistOnBail Rapist on BAIL

    Monta is a beast on the offensive end and can score at will. Offensively, he is just as lethal as any elite guard not named Derrick Rose, and maybe Westbrook. However Monta is not a good defender, and thats where his value decreases.

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