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Mark Jackson says Monta Ellis trade changed Warriors culture. In a good way.

May 9, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

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The trade made sense on paper for Golden State when at the 2012 trade deadline the Warriors sent Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut — Golden State got an inside presence they need and they could give more run to then rookie Klay Thompson.

But it did more than that.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the Warriors culture changed in a good way with the trade. From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper, via Sulia.

“It helped change the culture. Obviously it was easier to pull the trigger because we knew what we had in Klay and it was time for him to be a starting two-guard. And he does everything right.”

How did that trade change the culture? Jackson paused four seconds.

“It helped change the culture,” he finally said.

Anything specific?

“You know.”

If you don’t know, you may want to ask Larry Sanders about it.

Monta Ellis is owed $11 million next season, or he can opt out of that contract and get the security of a longer-term deal at whatever price the market will bear. But it will be interesting to see what teams would make offers to Ellis, a shooter whose style is losing popularity in a league focused more on efficiency. And then there will be the chemistry questions.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - May 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I’ve never agreed with this mentality whatsoever, but some players legitimately believe that if they can get enough buckets, it automatically makes up for all of the other inadequacies in their game.

    • money2long - May 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      except monta plays some D and knows how to be a pretty good hybrid point guard-shooting guard.

  2. biasedhomer - May 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Point guards/combo guards are supposed to make those around them better. In Monta’s case, he makes them worse.

  3. adzs - May 9, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Suns….

    • adzs - May 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      In response to the question at the end of the article lol

  4. realninerfan22 - May 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Monte isn’t a combo guard he’s a scorer and a dam good 1! There’s no pg in his blood at all, just isn’t his game.. Just put a traditional type of pg next to him and sf that could defend and padd.. This effiency crap is real cute but lets be honest it really doesn’t matter unless you have multiple superstars. ( Heat) But for thw average team that might just have 1 star he has no choice but to chuck it because he’s not getting all thw easy looks..

    • thomaskouns - May 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      I live in the Bay Area. If Monte were ‘so damn good’……..

      1) his FG% wouldn’t be barely hovering over 40%
      2) the team he left (Warriors) wouldn’t have twenty wins more and the previous season – highest differential in the league this season with Bogut being injured for most of it
      3) he wouldn’t be known as one of the least interested players in playing D in the league by scouts
      4) Mark Jackson who is known to protect his players wouldn’t have made that comment

      Monte is a case in point that some fans assume that putting up big numbers equates to ‘being a good player.’ If the Warriors got nothing for Ellis in the trade I guarantee they would have been better without him.

    • melkipershero - May 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Efficiency stuff is cute? Efficiency wins games. Theres a reason Lebron wins now and couldnt in Cleveland. Defemses just loaded hp on Lebron and dared someone else to beat them, and the Cavs didnt have anyone else. Teams cant do that to Lebron now.

      • unxpexted1 - May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Right, but your answer doesnt mean that his personal effieciency is what has led to winning. He’s been fairly effiecienct most of his career. Its just he’s efficient now with better players around him. Being efficient on a bad team doesn’t mean much.

        The two most efficient players on their team, (Durant and Lebron) both play with other superstars. Both of their efficient ratings would go down (and durant’s has gone down) without a superstar, just is what it is.

        I love Kobe, but he has never been efficient a day in his life and he has 5 championships. Iverson was the anti-efficient player, but led his team to a championship. Efficiency isn’t a gage of greatness, but more of a style to me.

      • ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        LeBron has become more efficient of a ball player. He had to. He increased his assists, he changed his game completely. Not to say he was bad in Cleveland but he became better in Miami by developing a very good field goal percentage, strong passing, and plays his butt off on defense. He defends all 5 positions instead of just 1 or 2 that he defended in Cleveland.

        Look at anyone that has become more efficient or needed to become more efficient and see which way they went. Allen Iverson, incredibly inefficient and everyone knew it. towards the end of his career nobody wanted him, period. Why is it that Grant Hill is 40 and teams will still give him a contract? He’s efficient. He can play, he can pass, he can score and D up. Jerry Stackhouse and Vince Carter also can still do both. Vince had to become more efficient (not that he’s that efficient, but more so than he used to be). There is that guy named Michael Jordan who after his prime and couldn’t fly like he used to who became more efficient of a jump shooter, defender and passer as he progressed as well.

        Look at the guys who didn’t change their game to become more efficient and see where they went…well, I can’t really name a whole lot because they don’t last more than a few seasons.

        Kobe, inefficient? are you crazy? Kevin Durant’s shooting percentage may have declined because he’s shooting too much and not sharing the rock as much as he should in the absence of Russel Westbrook…teams win games, individuals do not. That’s why LeBron could score 90 points a game if he wanted to in Cleveland, he didn’t have anyone else involved. Dwayne Wade is the only superstar on the Miami heat roster outside of LeBron the rest are all just pretty solid ball players but nobody special…but he makes them better by distributing the rock.

        Monta Ellis can’t distribute or play team basketball. He’ll never be anything besides a shoot first pass never kind of player. And if Carmelo isn’t careful he’ll go down in the same kind of flames Allen Iverson did, that Monta is going up in.

  5. turdfurgerson68 - May 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Agreed..100%.

    I’m a Celtic fan; appreciate how Golden State plays.

    Da Warriors be the dope, ill sh*t, yo!

  6. sportsnut101 - May 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Bulls need a sg guard. He would fit there nicely. Tibs could help him

    • Kurt Helin - May 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Thibs would kill him.

  7. roanboon - May 10, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Volume shooters can sell jerseys and put fans in the seats, even if they don’t generate wins.

  8. yousuxxors - May 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    mark Jackson interviews are the best. nothing beats his after they beat the nuggets … GOD

  9. metrocritical - May 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    2 requests for unxpexted1: (1) Please explain your theory on efficiency again because, while cute, I didn’t quite get it. (2) Please recount that Championship that Iverson brought to Philadelphia. I think I missed something there, too. What year was that, again?

  10. manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    If you’re going to insinuate that Ellis was a poor teammate or some sort of locker room cancer, have the cojones to complete the thought or don’t bring it up in the first place. “Change the culture?” What, Ellis played music the other guys didn’t like? Ate weird food? Had a Jobu-like shrunken head in his locker?

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