The Warriors maintained throughout Monta Ellis’ rehabilitation from surgery to repair torn ankle tendons that they wanted to be sure he was fully healthy whenever he did return. That’s what made the push-pull dynamic between the guard — who wanted to play weeks before his actual return on Jan. 23 — so compelling to watch.
And that what makes today’s announcement — that Ellis will miss at least a week, and maybe more, due to stiffness in the surgically repaired joint — so interesting.
I’ve seen Ellis on a couple of occasions at practice this season in very focused consultations with athletic trainer Tom Abdenour, but he always went back on the floor after those talks, so it never seemed particularly serious. Clearly, things have gotten bad enough to require some time off after just short of a month’s worth of active duty.
It’s not clear what this does to the dormant-but-not-dead debate over whether the team still retains the right to void the remainder of Ellis’ six-year, $66 million deal — other than revive the discussions.
Here’s the full text of the Warriors’ release:
Guard Monta Ellis, who has experienced occasional stiffness in his left ankle since returning to action on January 23, including during last night’s game against Oklahoma City, will be sidelined the next 1-2 weeks. During this time, the 6’3” guard will continue advanced rehabilitation on a daily basis with the Warriors’ Athletic Training Staff.
19 Responses to “Monta Ellis sidelined 1-2 weeks by stiff ankle”
Monta has looked nothing like the Monta of old and its because they (both he and the Warriors) cleared him to play, when he obviously wasn’t close to being healed. Now, they have drawn out the healing process. The silver lining is that after one month, they finally made the right call.
Chris Cohan February 22nd, 2009 at 3:37 pm
The silver lining is all in my pockets, folks.Time to finally understand this franchise, in full.
Chris Cohan February 22nd, 2009 at 3:39 pm
All those injuries, woe is us!
Renew your tickets! We’ll be healthy next year and AWESOME, just give us a chance!
Pay us more money… PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!
Uh oh…..sounds like a preface to save money during bad economic times!
Thanks for coming, but no thanks!
commish February 22nd, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Ah hell, my ankle gets sore from working out but I’m 63. Actually this is a much better move than what happened with Jax and Maggette early on until their injuries (hamstrings) were really bad. A good part of that was any athelete wants to play and not rest. So for once the franchise is doing what is best for the player and team long term. We may have to induldge Monta for some time to come. Look how long it took Grant Hill to overcome major injuries to play at the high level he started out at. Of course he lost ground because he got older, but Monta is still really young. This whole mess was just bad luck (or part of the curse, depending on your point of view). Same kind of dumb luck (pun intended) which deprived Altanta of the skills of Michael Vick. Shit happens and shit for brains happens in Dubland.
After wandering around a bit, I’m glad Monta will be out for a while for him and the team.
jacks jock February 22nd, 2009 at 5:59 pm
just cut his contract already. Monta looks like shit on this team
CazzieRussell February 22nd, 2009 at 6:29 pm
‘fraid Norm is probably right about the economics…
All this idiocy started with playing him for 34 minutes his first game back, and ran through putting him back in at the end of a blow-out. WTF is up with this franchise? Were they trying to create a situation for voiding his contract?
M.Squared February 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm
The season is lost already. They should shut Monta down and let him get back in peak condition over the summer while they try to re-shape the roster. Get him 100% for preseason and even let him suit up for a few summer league games to get loose again…
petaluman February 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm
Maybe all the Chicken Littles here are right. No doubt, every mention of Monta’s left ankle for the rest of his life will be a Moped product placement for some. However, Warriors fans may recall that Monta officially suffered a mild sprain of that same ankle against the Spurs 3 weeks ago. In fact, ankle injuries are not unheard of in the NBA. I wouldn’t recommend any changes of heart just yet, whether you gave up on Ellis in the summer or took a wait and see attitude.
The GSW played Monta to showcase him for a possible trade. Deadline passed and no action so they can shut him down for a while. The next decision for the GSW to figure out if the kid’s ankle is worth 66M.
[...] news from Warriors camp as it appears that Monta Ellis will be out for 1-2 weeks with a stiff ankle. This will definitely be a situation to watch as this may be exactly what Cohan/Rowell have been [...]
The most interesting thing in the Warriors’ press release is that they are saying for the first time that his ankle has been troublesome ever since he came back. We were under the impression that while he wasn’t performing at a high level, the ankle wasn’t giving him too much trouble. Indeed, he looked more explosive in the last game than before this year and I started to think for the first time that he might be OK long-run.
In retropsect, though, it was a bit hard to tell in that game because neither team was playing defense. Not sure he would have been that physically impressive against tougher defense (like he used to be).
No matter what happens, the albatross hangs around the Warriors’ neck for the forseeable future. Sometimes folks forget: Monta was beyond stupid for getting on that moped in the first place. And this is the guy Nelson wants as his decision maker on the floor?
[...] –It’s official, Monta’s ankle is stiff and he’ll be out one-to-two weeks. Call me a pessimist, but I’d be shocked if he weren’t out longer. (48minutes.net) [...]
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