â†µâ‡¥*He skipped the team photo shoot, which took place on Friday before the game (those type of things are always pet peeves of management) â†µâ‡¥â†µFurther evidence of the tension between Nelson and the front office: it's yet to rule out a contract termination for his off-season moped injury. Or does Monta have problems with Nelson, too? As the Times points out, "Nellie’s got a quicker trigger with him. His ankle stiffens up. IMHO, Ellis has a lot to be unhappy about." So if Golden State is trying to develop younger players, it had best get management and its coach on the same page about making its brightest young option feel wanted. As much as I love Anthony Randolph, Monta's the more potent player right now, and it's the combination of the two of them -- not the Randolph freak show + a disgruntled Ellis -- that gives them any semblance of direction for the future. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥*When Monta left, he took a lot of luggage. So much that some thought he had planned to be gone much longer than a few days. â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥*Ellis has been showing several signs of discontent lately. He, at times hasn’t taken part in huddles. He’s been late to shootarounds and practices without so much as an excuse. He’s been known to mumble - during moments of frustration on the court, like when he was taken out late in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City and didn’t return - that the Warriors need to trade him. â†µ
â†µIn other hair-brained Warriors news, the Mercury News suggests that Nellie's diabolical plan may just be one big charade, albeit one that still relates to Monta: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥Stephen Jackson was benched in the next game, just to make it look like Nelson wasn't singling out Crawford. And the bench-a-vet policy abruptly stopped there. â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥Will Crawford take Nelson up on the suggestion? In this NBA economy, it's hard to see Crawford giving up almost $20 million in guaranteed money, and even harder to see how he'd get heavy interest when his own coach is leading the downgrade in value. â†µ
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