Warriors practice update: Monta Ellis does his first drill work since the accident
OAKLAND — For the first time since his August moped accident and subsequent surgery to repair his left ankle, Monta Ellis participated in a Warriors practice, albeit on a limited basis.
Ellis took part in odd-man fast-break drills — 4-on-3s, 3-on-2s, 2-on-1s — Friday morning and looked good doing it, although he didn’t go full speed (I’d say his max was 80 percent or so).
“Way better than I thought he would be,” Warriors coach Don Nelson said. “He’s an amazing athlete.”
Ellis did not appear to be favoring the ankle in any way, but not surprisingly was bent over at the waist quite a bit between drills in the classic hardwood signal of tiredness.
“It’s probably the lightest thing that we do, and that’s why we had him participate,” Nelson said. “It’s not a practice. It’s very little contact, but it is some defenders out there.”
Ellis did not take part in 5-on-5 halfcourt work and the team skipped scrimmaging before its 2 p.m. flight to Portland because of a lack of healthy bodies. In addition to injured forward Brandan Wright (partially dislocated left shoulder) and swingman Stephen Jackson (strained right hamstring), the Warriors were without guard Marcus Williams (flu) and forward Corey Maggette (family leave).
Williams will not make the trip to Portland, a team spokesman said, but Maggette — who’s in Chicago — is expected to meet the team in Oregon and play against the Trail Blazers.
(Forgot to add that Matt Steinmetz should have video of Ellis up later this afternoon.)
21 Responses to “Warriors practice update: Monta Ellis does his first drill work since the accident”
commish January 9th, 2009 at 4:58 pm
Perfect timing for the trade deadline with Rowell running the show. I hear we can have Dunleavy and Murphy back if we want.
M.Squared January 9th, 2009 at 5:13 pm
p.s.- I would go sign Darius Miles to a 10 daytoday just to screw the Blazers and then dare them to sue over it. Their stance on this is ridiculous and impossible to prove. Especially since 2 other teams have tried him out already. What a joke.
So long, Marcus Williams.
JoeSez January 9th, 2009 at 5:35 pm
Sign Darius Miles to a 10 day but not play him. Then offer a trade with Portland and see if their GM can read between the lines.
Very nice a-hole move, Joe Sez, but maybe too late…
I don’t believe you can trade players on 10 days and it may be too late to sign a player and trade him on another kind of contract, too.
Geoff Lepper January 9th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
CC, re your first comment: Yeah, I’m trying to find out if Marcus has contracted Al Harrington’s bad back along with that flu.
Boston needs a move BAAAAAAAAD and Avery Johnson says it should be Stephen Jackson.
Guess he hadn’t heard, Jackson has a booboo. But,
Marcus can go, too, and it will be hilarious to see him thrive as the immediate backup to an All Star PG on a high seed playoff team, in either Conf.
Would we even get half of his contract value back in cash in a trade?
There are always deals to be made. We’d have to make quite an admission to make a deal for what Boston would be seling. Seems unlikely.
JoeSez January 9th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
Sign Miles for a 10 day and make Portland an offer for other guys.
If they accepted, I’d show my appreciation and keep Miles for the year and NOT play him. Maybe put him in that lockbox Al Gore talked about.
If they refused the trade, I’d be forced to evaluate Miles in a few games to see if we can improve the team.
The offer would be somewhat lopsided, maybe financially they’d get a longer contract or with position, swap a small for a big.
JoeSez January 9th, 2009 at 8:38 pm
GL: What if Marcus contracted a gut?
Does this guy with arep for being outta shape benefit from not practicing and conditioning with the team or has Nellie so banished him that he doesn’t get meaningful practice anymore?
JoeSez January 9th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
BTW: Would Jamal Crawford really opt out of an Knicks / Thomas / Dolan negotiated contract?
“The first thing Crawford said was that he wants to play for a winning team and be a part of a successful organization. But he added that he’s not one to walk away from a challenge, and that the Warriors were obviously a challenging situation.” –Matt Steinmetz
Crawford has played on absolutely horrible Bulls and Knicks teams. He’s had challenges all his career, why would the current GSW be any more challenging?
Some GMs and Coaches think a player’s winning percentage says something about the player. Crawford has NOT shown he can win. He would have to take a large paycut to play for a winning team.
Think Indiana would consider trading Dunleavy and Murphy to the Warriors for Jackson and Crawford? Who got the best of that deal?
And Jason Richardson is a difference maker for a very good team in Phoenix now.
Too bad he makes the same money Azubuike and Crawford do combined, huh?
I like Wright though and JR’s contract is really stupid…. until he shows he has the stuff when the team is a real team. In writing now: Richardson was our best player down the stretch in 2007 and he’s the number one reason we made the playoffs. The Baron Davis show never would have happened without JR’s top game. Somehow, I support moving that contract and I’m troubled by Richardson’s personal life sometimes… but at about par for the NBA course.
Phoenix is probably just “good,” not VERY good. But they could turn into a really scary team down the stretch as they come together. Their worst/last (10th) rotation player is Jared Dudley.
Without the Pacers/GSW trade Warriors would never had that playoff run.
The Pacers, who did better (?) haven’t gone post season with DunMurphy.
GSW blew the aftermath with a front office feud. Had Mullin not pull the trigger with Pacers, Nellie would NOT be the freaking genius he became for beating the Mavs in round 1 and pushing Utah in rd 2. Those two x-Pacers did it for him.
JR was a good player but his trade was, I think the rumor true, part of a failed attempt to land Garnet. McHale, who’s got to coach the guys he assembled, blinked and later decided to bail out Celtic’s and Ainge. It’s easier to get a usable SG than PF so the trade was a “small” with large contract for a young big. Not easy to pull off.
I agree Phoenix could jell and make a deep run in the post season. Shaq has had some double doubles recently. The Jury is out on Kerr.
M.Squared January 10th, 2009 at 3:30 pm
Richardson’s deal was a gamble only so we could try to package Harrington and Rich for Garnett or another star big. Since that didnt happen and several bad moves have been made since that time- ( panic moves) we are stuck with a lopsided roster.
M.Squared January 10th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Miles resgined with Memphis. Guess Portland can kiss their cap good bye. Their threatened law suit is going to be laughable to watch….
We lost the trade the moment we had a fight with Harrington and extended Jackson well beyond the Dunleavy/Murphy contracts. Meanwhile, Josh Powell joins a long list of scrubs who >>>> Rob Kurz.
JoeSez, that playoff run is a long gone mirage.
Putting an ounce of stock in that distant memory as a longterm significant event, let alone adequate justification for what we’re dealing with since, is the wrong move.
What is relevant is that Gears of war three kicks off pretty soon
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