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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Monta Ellis vs. Andrew Bogut

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column examining the Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut trade almost a year later: There has been disappointment about Andrew Bogut, and with good reason. He has been a presence on the Warriors in the sense of mostly being an absence. And now, in addition to his bum ankle, he has a bad back and he has a doctor’s note for more absences. If he were a student, you’d call him a truant. Bogut’s… Read More »

Monta Ellis returns

Monta Ellis returned to Oracle Arena on Friday night. He returned for the first time and this was the only time he will return for the first time, and he and the Milwaukee Bucks destroyed the Warriors. Destroyed was Warriors coach Mark Jackson’s word. The fans applauded Ellis and the Warriors honored him, and he was very good. The guy they traded him for, Andrew Bogut, did not play and wore a boot on his broken foot. Still, this is… Read More »

Warriors at the half

I’m over here at the Warriors game, where they trail Milwaukee 56-43 at the half. Lots of love from the fans and Warriors organization for Monta Ellis tonight. All very nice. He has ten points, two assists, four rebounds. I’ll post my Ellis column later. I have to write it first.

Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut. Yes!!

As I promised earlier, I wrote a column on the Warriors trading Monta Ellis and two others (Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown) for Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut and one other (Stephen Jackson, ugh!). In my humble opinion, this is one heck of a trade for the Warriors even though they are almost certainly waving the white flag for this season because Bogut is recovering from a broken ankle. (I know they beat the Kings tonight, but come on.) Next year,… Read More »

Monta Ellis and sexual harrassment

As you know by now, a former Warriors employee has accused Monta Ellis of sexual harassment. She held a press conference this morning in Oakland announcing her lawsuit and she also showed a photo allegedly implicating Ellis. The Warriors just sent out a statement addressing this potentially volatile issue. Obviously, all of this will be settled in a court of law or there will be some kind of monetary settlement. In the meantime, here is the Warriors’ statement for your… Read More »

The Warriors’ year of magical thinking

I wrote my Tuesday column based on a pre-draft confab Warriors general manager Larry Riley held on Monday with local writers — to tell about the team’s draft plans but not to tell too much. He said the Warriors need to improve. Duh. He indicated Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis are untouchable and, if that’s true, it will be hard for them to get the center they need or anything else they need because he said they don’t expect a… Read More »

Mark Jackson on Monta Ellis

I just got home from the Mark Jackson intro news conference. He is an interesting guy, well spoken. After the regular news conference part he fielded questions privately from repoters and naturally we asked about his backcourt — Can it defend? How would he feel about trading Monta Ellis? A possible Ellis trade was all over the news today. Jackson fielded the questions calmly. Here are his responses, and now I’m going to write my Jackson column, back at you later:… Read More »

Trade Monta Ellis Part II

Lots of stuff in today’s papers about Monta Ellis. It seems the Warriors are talking to lots of teams about trading their diminutive backcourt star for someone bigger, someone who plays defense as well. This makes sense. Joe Lacob is a risk taker — he hired an announcer to be his coach — and does not seem afraid to remake a losing backcourt and change the emphasis of his team so that it plays at least a little defense. He… Read More »

Don’t trade Monta Ellis — Grant’s dissenting view

This is Grant addressing my dad directly. Dad, what’s for dinner? One more thing. You’re wrong about Monta Ellis. He isn’t the guard Larry Riley should trade, that’s Curry. Ellis is already a better player than Curry will ever be. Curry’s a shooting guard who isn’t big or quick enough to guard any position on the court. Ellis is an elite athlete who can be an excellent offensive and defensive player in his prime, which should start this coming season.… Read More »