Monta Ellis Wants to Retire a Warrior
Ellis said in an interview with KNBR that general manager Larry Riley and coach Don Nelson had flown east to meet him and that the get-together "really put us on the same page."
According to DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony and the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami, Ellis was upset that the Warriors apparently were planning on selecting a point guard with the No. 7 pick in next Thursday's NBA draft.
Last week, the Warriors worked out point guards Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn.
The Warriors have been wrestling with the issue of whether or not Ellis can play point guard ever since they lost Baron Davis last year in free agency. Ellis was injured most of last season after suffering an ankle injury in a moped accident.
When he did play the point, the results were inconclusive in terms of getting it done. While the public verdict may still be out about whether Ellis can be a true point guard, he seems to have made up his mind.
Ellis talked at length about leadership, and said that Nelson "came down here, put it exactly like it was: 'I'm putting the team in your hands, on your shoulders.'"
The Warriors set up the interview with its flagship station, and it was conducted by Warriors play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald.
Ellis' statements certainly make it sound like the Warriors are going to give this point-guard thing a go with him, and that they'll stay away from drafting a one. Which make the stories seem true.
We'll find out next Thursday.