November 17, 2009
My name is Maximus Monta Ellis(notes), commander of the Warriors of the Pacific, General of the We Believe Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Donald Arvid Nelson. Brother to a traded teammate, owner to a broken low-powered motorcycle. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next!
File under "Things You'll Never Hear," Joan.
That's right. If you thought Ellis was going to pull up his socks and take on a little more responsibility ... well, think again. The kid wants nothing to do with being a leader in Golden State, and I can't say that I really blame him.
Ellis, in an interview with Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times:
How tough will it be to lose one of your best players?
"It was tough when we had him. (laughs) Losing him, it's going to be tough. But we've got to find a way to get through it, man. I wish him the best. Now, it's on us. That's what they wanted, so they got it."
Will you have to do more to make up for the loss?
"I'm not (going to) put no more on my back. Somebody else gonna have to step up. I'm not gonna do more, somebody else gonna have to step up and take on the role that Jack had and be that player. But I'm not putting no more extra on my back."
Do you feel a need to be more vocal?
"Nope. Uh, uh. Not at all."
And as if that wasn't enough bus throwin' for one interview, Ellis thinks he is the only player left on the team that plays defense. Yes, defense. Monta Ellis.
"What we've been emphasizing the whole time is defense. That's one of our best defenders on the team. And we're trying to get better as a defensive team. And now, who we got now that's going to play defense? We got me. And who else?"
If you find yourself alone, playing basketball in the green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Golden State, and you're already dead!"