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Why Warriors Will Miss Baron Davis & Monta Ellis Displays Immaturity

If you look at the Warriors’ roster it is easy to see that they have plenty of players who can score with the basketball, but who will score with the team???

Obviously the biggest news from the Warriors’ camp this off-season was the loss of star guard and team captain Baron Davis. Davis can do everything on the court: he can shoot, he can dribble, he can pass, and he can LEAD!!!

Andris Biedrins, who just finished a six-year, $63 million deal, is great in the inside-out game, Stephen Jackson can shoot the deep ball and make some spectacular passes in traffic, Monta Ellis score in bunches and is great at the fast break, and the Warriors signed former Los Angeles Clippers star Corey Maggette who averaged 22.1 points per game last season which is higher than what Ellis averaged(20.2). But can any of these guys take the reign as captain and lead the Warriors this season?

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Maggette will be a scoring threat every single night but has never really showed any leadership qualities in his seven seasons with the Clippers.

Dispite his nickname of “Captain Jack,” Stephen Jackson is anything but a team leader. Jackson has been well behaved during his tenure with Golden State, but you can attribute much of that to the presence of Davis. Davis is a friend of Jackson and was one of the biggest proponents in bringing the plagued past star to the Warriors. Jackson is only a few seasons removed from one of the ugliest moments in NBA history where he was involved in a fist fight, WITH FANS, in Detroit in 2004 as a member of the Pacers.

Even though fans love Biedrins and his silky-smooth low-post moves, the Warrior big man has shown himself to be too mellow of a man to light a fire under himself, let alone a whole team, he has always had Davis to do it for him. 

So what about Monta Ellis?

Last season Ellis was the rising star of not only the Warriors, but the entire NBA. In one interview Ellis was asked who his game is most like in the NBA, and he responded by saying that he loved Allen Iverson but his game was exactly that…his game, a very Allen Iverson-esk quote. Ellis is talented, very charismatic and can usually be seen smiling with his teammates during a game. However, a recent event might have fans and teammates questioning the 24-year-old’s ability to lead.

Ellis recently had successful surgery on his ankle that will keep him out of action for at leat three months and might not be ready for the 2008 season opener. The source of Ellis’ injury has just recently surfaced, thanks to Ellis. Reportedly, Ellis’ ankle injury is a result of a moped accident the Warriors’ guard endured while hanging out with some friends at home, a story he kept from the team until after the surgery. Ellis originally told the team he sustained the injury while playing a pick-up basketball game. And why would he lie about that you might ask, because Ellis has a clause in his contract that prevents him from participating in any activities that could be detrimental to his health, including riding two-wheeled motorized vehicles. If you believe that a real leader leads by example, then Ellis is showing that breaking the rules and lying about it is an okay thing to do. But there is a silver lining in all this, and that is that Ellis eventually came clean about the incident to the team on his own accord.

Ellis is still young and a player who skipped college to go straight into the NBA. One can only imagine what going from high school, as a huge star athlete, and right into a seven figure contact will do to a persons ego and sense of perception. Even though it showed immaturity to break the rules and then lie about it, Ellis might of bridged some gaps of distrust with the Golden State organization by holding himself accountable for his actions…eventually. The Warriors still have to figure out how they will punish the player who has become the face of their franchise, and it will be interesting to see how the star guard will react to the punishment. Whether he takes his punishment like a man or like a child who still needs to mature, Ellis is the best bet this team has to an on court leader, and hopefully this whole ordeal will be a positive learning experience for the young star.


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September 25, 2008 - Posted by | Basketball, Blogroll, College Baseball, Fantasy Advice, Golden State Warriors, NBA, shawncamilleri, Sports, thesilverbullet, Warriors

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