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Mark Cuban thinks Monta Ellis will pass more, change game to win

Oct 7, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Ah, preseason. It’s a time of unbridled optimism for fans, front office people, coaches and even owners.

In Dallas they have put together an interesting but kind of ragtag roster — Dirk Nowitzki is the star, Jose Calderon the point, Monta Ellis to score points then guys like Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and Samuel Dalembert to fill roles. There is potential, but the real question is how you fit all those odd pieces together.

Well, it would help if Monta Ellis would pass more and take fewer contested jumpers off the pick-and-roll.

Mark Cuban thinks that will happen, he told the Star-Telegram.

“I think he wants to be a compliment to Dirk as opposed to being the guy,’’ owner Mark Cuban said after Sunday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “He’s a good passer, a willing passer and he gets where he wants to on the court.

“He’s committed to playing defense, he’s a willing learner and he’s a got a high basketball IQ.’’

That would be the same Monta Ellis who days ago said he was going to play “Monta-ball.” Which based on recent examples suggests a lot of contested jumpers on one end and not much defense on the other.

I’ll look at this through the Missouri Test — show me. Prove it in games.

Both Ellis and Brandon Jennings said they had to take a lot of contested shots in Milwaukee because of the offensive talent around them and the system. Call me skeptical. Ellis is a fearless gunner of a shooter — which on the right night can light a team up but on other nights can mean missed shots while better options (read: Nowitzki) are on the court.

Until proven otherwise, expect more Monta-ball than sharp passing.

  1. thomaskouns - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    As a Bay Area native, pretty much every knowledgable fan here would have given him away for free given how much better our offense, defense, team chemistry and most importantly our record (22+) wins was without Monte on the team,

    You’ll love the highlights and hate your record Dallas. Enjoy ‘Monte Ball.’

    • spursareold - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Are you really from the Bay Area? I would think that you would know that his name is spelled Monta if you are. He was there MORE than a couple of years.

      • thomaskouns - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Yes, he was here for a few years. How did we do in those years? Have you seen his 40% FG and the fact he is considered to be one of the worst defensive players in the league. How did we do after he left?

        BA guys like yourself loved the highlights but don’t understand ‘the game.’ I assume you were one of the ‘fans’ booing Lacob……

    • antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM


  2. nflcrimerankingscom - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Mark Cuban: “Monta is committed to doing all the things on the court that he has never done before”.

    Sounds like a snake-oil salesman…

  3. spursareold - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Cuban also thought he put good teams on the floor the last two years. If I had to give him a nickname, it would be Cleopatra.

  4. sportsfan18 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Mr. Cuban, I’ve always like that you were a breath of fresh air in the league compared to the other owners and not afraid of Stern and wouldn’t kiss his ass.

    Would have loved to see you own a major league baseball team but they’re afraid to have you as an owner there.

    That being said, you’re NOT always right and you’re WRONG about this. Sadly, you’re wasting the last productive yrs of one of the games greatest players (he’ll be like #6 or #7 on the all time scoring list when he retires and he’s currently in 19th place all time on the all time list of highest PER’s in the NBA).

    But no one is right all of the time. The past two seasons were a waste and the next few won’t be great as you’ve signed Monta and others to like 2 and 3 yr contracts.

    Dirk isn’t getting any younger and well by the time he retires you’ll have wasted the final 5 or so seasons of his career…

  5. raycharlesj - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    If they played the game with two basketballs in the game at the same time, that wouldn’t be enough basketballs for that team.

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