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Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis
Position: -
Born: 10/26/85
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $2,245,400
Ellis: So it was just messed up how they did it. And to be honest with you, I was kind of fed up with some of the things that were going on around there, with some of the players and some of the stuff that they were doing that wasn’t right. And it was kind of putting a damper on the locker room. But (the front office) tried to make it seem like it was me. But that one hurt, that killed me. I felt like I deserved better than that because I had given that organization everything I had, even from when they counted me out when I had my ankle injury from my moped accident. And I still was able to fight back from that and still be able to elevate my game every year I was there. And so for them to do that, and then for them to send me to Milwaukee, it was kind of like they were trying to stick it to me. Like they were trying to hurt me or something.
But as Steph blew up, and the Warriors ended up with the No. 7 pick, he just didn’t think Curry would be available. Their board was 1. Blake Griffin, 2. Steph Curry. He could’ve been lying to me, but he said that to me and I think (SF Chronicle beat writer) Rusty Simmons. They were expecting to land Jordan Hill. Riley and Nelson even flew to Memphis to talk to Monta Ellis, who was unhappy, and told him—according to what my sources told me—that they got on the same page with Monta, including that he would be the point guard.
But as Steph blew up, and the Warriors ended up with the No. 7 pick, he just didn’t think Curry would be available. Their board was 1. Blake Griffin, 2. Steph Curry. He could’ve been lying to me, but he said that to me and I think (SF Chronicle beat writer) Rusty Simmons. They were expecting to land Jordan Hill. Riley and Nelson even flew to Memphis to talk to Monta Ellis, who was unhappy, and told him—according to what my sources told me—that they got on the same page with Monta, including that he would be the point guard.
Monta Ellis: I used to have some good one-on-ones in practice with BD and all of those guys. In a game, it was Kobe. Oh my goodness. He hit crazy tough shots. He was always on the attack. He was in kill mode. If he ever laid back, don’t ever get comfortable with it. It’s like, he’s just waiting his turn. If you say something crazy, if he feels any kind of excitement, he turns up. It was unbelievable to guard him. SLAM: Was that kind of the rule—don’t talk to Kobe on the court because that’ll get him going? Monta Ellis: I mean, if you want to. You better be able to back it up.
SLAM: Do you remember any specific times you played against him? Monta Ellis: Oh, man. 2011. Me and him were going back and forth. He had like 30 something. I had like 40 something or close to that. They ended up winning because he hit a clutch shot at the end. And he hit it on me. There were two or three, maybe four possessions where he came down and scored, I came down and scored, he came back down and scored, I came back down and scored. We were going back and forth like that, for like 4-5 minutes straight.
SLAM: What’s your best “We Believe” Warriors story? Monta Ellis: The one that people really don’t talk about is, that year [2007], [head coach] Don Nelson even came out in the paper and wrote us off. He said we weren’t going to make the playoffs, and we might as well start getting ready for next year and seeing what we could get in the Draft and whatnot. We had a lot of veteran guys on the team, and me being a young guy and hungry, we took that to heart. We all came together as a team then. I think we ended up winning 18 of the last 22 or something like that to end up getting into the playoffs as the 8-seed. With that run that we made, it was crazy.
Monta Ellis: We didn’t like that [Don said that]. So we all came together as a team and we just went out there and played. Off the court, you weren’t going to see one without seeing the other 12 or 13 guys. We go to dinner. Whatever we did, we were always together. It carried over to the basketball court. When we were on the basketball court, no matter if the times got tough or anything, we were always able to stay together. We had heated moments. We had heated situations. But nobody ever got personal with it. Nobody ever took it to heart. Everybody was like, Alright, we’re just trying to get better. We saw that. We saw everybody getting better. We saw the team getting better. So we just stuck with it.