HoopsHype Monta Ellis rumors

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As a way of motivating himself, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis has some very critical articles in his American Airlines Center locker which states how terrible he is at the defensive end of the floor. The motivating tool has apparently worked, because Ellis has turned up the defensive juices in recent games, much to the delight of coach Rick Carlisle. However, Carlisle noted that Ellis will have his stiffest challenge to date Friday when he has to defend Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat on Friday and Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo on Saturday. “He’s picked it up in the last few games and the assignments the next couple of games get harder with Wade,’’ Carlisle said. “He probably won’t guard (LeBron) James, but then you’ve got Oladipo in Orlando, and the other guy (Aaron Afflalo) is good too. “In a situation like his where he’s a dynamic scorer, teams are always going to go at him. So it’s important that he is able to hold the fort defensively and be able to continue to attack offensively.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 12, 2013 Updates

Q: Was there a single wisest move along the way? Joe Lacob: It's hard to point to one move. But the hiring of Jerry West is, from the standpoint of the average fan and even to the rest of the NBA, representative. He's had five decades of success. Having him being associated with us, and being very committed to the change we're trying to bring out, that certainly was a big move that started us in the right direction. Hiring Mark Jackson was not as clear to people, but it was very important. And then the Monta Ellis trade (sigh) . . . while difficult for a lot of people to handle, was probably a representative move that needed to happen to turn the team over to Steph as our emerging leader. It had to be done. And it also represented bringing in Bogut, even though he wasn't healthy, because it showed our commitment to changing what and who we were as a team – defense, size and rebounding. CSNBayArea.com

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Ellis played the last year-and-a-half for the Bucks and signed a three-year, $25 million free agent contract with the Mavs over the summer. Mayo played last season for the Mavs and signed a three-year, $24 million free agent contract with the Bucks over the summer. But Ellis said in no way was he trying to match Mayo backet for basket Saturday. "I don't play them games,'' said Ellis, who had 18 points, five assists, three steals and four turnovers. "The only thing I was worrying about was winning and doing what I've been doing the whole season, and that's attacking the basket and finding players. "I don't get into any of that back-and-forth issues.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Ellis said nothing about Saturday seemed weird to him. Not being back at the Bradley Center, and certainly not the constant booing he received from the crowd. "That's part of the buisness,'' Ellis said. "Sometimes is goes that way. It wasn't weird at all. "When they called my name (in pre-game introductions) and they booed I knew what night it was going to be the whole night. But I said it's part of it, I'm not worried about it.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Ellis, the Mavericks’ explosive new shooting guard who arrived in Dallas with a rap for being inefficient, is 10-of-36 from the floor and has committed 11 turnovers in the last few games. He’s confident, however, that he knows how to get back in his groove from the first four games of the preseason. Attack more. “I think I’m looking for the pass too much,” Ellis said after Wednesday’s win over the Atlanta Hawks’ backups, when he had 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, five assists and six turnovers. “I’ve got to be more aggressive attacking the basket, getting a couple to go down and then work to see how the defense changes.” ESPN.com

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However, it isn’t hard to find the silver lining from the Dallas Mavericks’ 102-94 defeat by the Orlando Magic on Monday night. We got a glimpse of just how good the two-man game with Dirk Nowitzki and new sidekick Monta Ellis can be during the second quarter. That duo ran the high pick-and-pop over and over during that frame, filling it up for a combined 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. “That’s probably going to be our bread and butter all season long,” said Nowitzki, who finished with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, although he was more focused on his failure to get a single rebound in 25 minutes. ESPN.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

“I’m going to get criticized for what I do anyway so the only thing I can do is laugh it off,” said Ellis, who averaged 19.1 ppg on 41.6 percent shooting last season with Milwaukee. “There’s a lot of guys that take a lot of bad shots in this league, a lot of bad shots. Nobody wants to talk about them, but everybody wants to talk about the shots that Monta takes. The only thing that I’m going to do is take the punches and prove everybody wrong.” NBA.com

October 3, 2013 Updates

Monta Ellis on coming from a poor upbringing: “Basketball is my life. My oldest brother put it in me when I was young. I was coming by him, but I had a gift from an early age, and I knew that I had to use that to get where I wanted to go to make a better life for me and my family. “Everybody knew about me, but when they come with the gangs and the drugs… I come from a familiar background to that, so it was either that or nothing. So me, if I wasn’t going to be a basketball player, I probably would have turned to the streets. Every time I go back home, my grandma always tells me she don’t know how I made it out of there, but at the same time, it was a blessing. It was meant to happen, and I say that because my oldest brother should have been the first one to make it to the NBA, and he chose the other route than the one I chose, but I learned from his mistakes.” Dallas Morning News

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Monta Ellis on his decision to come to Dallas: “I chose this place because of all the options that I had, I felt like this was the best chance and the best opportunity for me to be on that elite state. They're a great organization. They got a hall of fame player in Dirk, so without the defense focused mostly on me, I can expand my game a little bit more. And the city is great. It’s great for my family, my kids love it in school, so I just felt like it was the right fit for me, and I’m happy to be a Maverick.” Dallas Morning News

September 22, 2013 Updates

Former Mavericks and currrent TV analyst guard Derek Harper recently joined DallasBasketball.com. Here are some highlights. On the Mavericks’ offseason: “I think anytime you’re going to try to be successful throughout an NBA season, you need good backcourt play. Adding what the Mavericks have added in the backcourt gives them the chance to surprise some people. The West is going to be extremely tough this year, even better than last year, I think. But when you look at Monta Ellis, a guy who can create a lot of things on the offensive end not only for himself but for other, I think he’ll be a perfect Robin for Batman, who clearly is Dirk Nowitzki. Devin Harris brings experience. (Jose) Calderon is a solid point guard, a guy that I’ve always liked simply because he doesn’t turn the basketball over, and we had a lot of problems last year. We lost a lot of games last year down the stretch because of turnovers and just not being able to make decisions down the stretch.” Dallas Morning News

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