Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  16 responses

Monta Ellis Says He Was Unhappy in Milwaukee

Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis is happy with his new surroundings, and even happier to be out of Milwaukee. Ellis told the media that he was miserable and overworked as a Buck. Per the AP and NBA.com: “Monta Ellis says he had to do ’60 percent of everything’ in Golden State and Milwaukee. Since the new Dallas Mavericks guard might use that to explain why he shot an alarmingly low 29% on three-pointers last season, he’s about to find out if a little help will make any difference. That’s because new backcourt mate Jose Calderon wants to be the facilitator for Ellis and everyone else on a roster that is going through its third makeover in as many seasons. Ellis and Calderon were among seven free agents introduced in Dallas on Thursday. The list included Devin Harris, the former University of Wisconsin star who started his career in Dallas as a top-five pick nine years ago. Ellis made the playoffs in his only full season with Milwaukee. He matched his career low by shooting 42%, and his scoring average dropped for the third straight season. The Bucks were swept by Miami in the first round. ‘When you’re in a place where you’re unhappy, it’s very hard to perform to your best ability,’ said Ellis. … ‘So this is a new beginning, a new fresh start, better organization, better teammates,’ he said. [...] Better organization? Better teammates? Ellis electing to leave $11 million on the table for next season told the Bucks how he felt about his 103-game run there. Asked to elaborate on what went so wrong, Ellis, who didn’t reap what he envisioned when he hit the open market as a free agent, just said, ‘I left that in Milwaukee.’ [...] The Mavs are desperate for fireworks and Ellis is desperately seeking a happy place to revive his career. Not that Ellis has been anything close to a hyper-efficient scorer, but if he can give the Mavs 2010-11 numbers — 45.1 percent overall and a career-best 36.1 from 3-point range — they’ll be thrilled. ‘I don’t really have to shoot the ball as much on this team,’ Ellis said. ‘The previous team I been on, like I said once before, I had to do 60 percent of the work no matter what the situation is. I think with this team here, I don’t have to do as much or take as many shots because sometimes they’re going to stop me and Dirk is going to be open, Jose [Calderon], Devin [Harris], the list goes on and. So I don’t think I have to do as much as I had to do in the previous years. So that’s going to get me back to being efficient, that’s going to get me back to being more consistent and it’s going to get me back to playing Monta basketball.’”

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  • Simon

    This coming from the man who said he was as good as D Wade. Its called being a SUPERSTAR Monta. You never heard JordanKobeShaqWade complaining about doing 60% of everything

  • JibbsIsBallin

    He think’s he had to do 60% of “everything”? That’s hilarious. Shut up and step it up man. You’re in the NBA. Man the hell up.

  • spit hot fiyah

    what was his new deal? 3 for 25?
    he lost more than 10 million by leaving Milwaukee

  • The Seed

    Monta is a poor poor poor man’s Iverson.

  • Meh

    So Ellis and Jennings are trying to blame their former stop for the reason they didn’t play well? pitiful…

  • Big Daddy Skillz

    “I don’t have to do as much or take as many shots because sometimes they’re going to stop me and Dirk is going to be open”…
    *Sometimes they’re going to stop Dirk and you’re going to be open and better hope you’re shooting better than 29% from deep you lemon
    I hope he doesn’t come into this team thinking he is the first scoring option..

  • BIG ED

    Monta is not a hardworker

  • RunNGun

    A shooting guard who thinks he’s a point guard. LOL He left everything in Milwaukee except excuses… good riddance!

  • Jayvitch

    Homeless man’s AI.

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    So Ellis and Jennings are trying to blame their former stop for the reason they didn’t play well? pitiful…

  • Basketball_iQ

    You ever been to Milwaukee my brother? Neither has jordan/kobe/shaq/wade
    Also, I’ve heard each of them demand help, Shaq is the only one to admit so after his career was over

  • Purple Hatorade

    where the hell did you see Jennings’ name on this? geez get off the man’s nuts

  • Ugh

    But who really is happy in Milwaukee?

  • Jon

    D Wade went to Marquette, so…

  • Jon

    Larry Sanders, probably Ilyasova.

  • Jon

    Feelings mutual.