In the most surprising development of the day (not really), Monta Ellis has made public his displeasure of his time Milwaukee. Ellis, fresh off of a 3-year/$25M deal with the Dallas Mavericks, made the comments in his introductory press conference yesterday. JSOnline has the quote.
“When you’re in a place where you’re unhappy, it’s very hard to perform to your best ability,” said Ellis, declining to discuss his time with the Bucks in more detail by saying he “left it in Milwaukee.”
“So this is a new beginning, a new fresh start, better organization, better teammates,” he said.
It became pretty apparent this off-season that Ellis was not pleased with the Bucks organization, as John Hammond was throwing ridiculous amounts of money at the 27-year old shooting guard only to be declined by Ellis. Also known as the second half of the “Swag Twins”, Ellis was just a bit more generous to his previous team the Warriors in the comments he made after he was dealt to Milwaukee.
Now don’t get me wrong. I totally understand Monta’s comments on the whole “new beginning, fresh start” thing. Everyone needs one of those once in a while. But better organization? That’s where I beg to differ. So let’s go completely over the top here and compare the two franchises.
|Category||Dallas Mavericks||Milwaukee Bucks|
|NBA Championships||1 (2011)||1 (1971)|
|Total Win %, (Total Franchise Record)||.505%, (1341-1317)||.520%, (1894-1748)|
Yes, I know the Mavericks have been more successful then the Bucks the past decade, I won’t argue that. But I’ll let you determine which of the two franchises has had more glory in their respective times of existence.
And better teammates Monta, really? You think you kind find a better group of guys then what John Hammond gifted you with last year? A roster full of high-character dudes like Joel Pryzbilla, Marquis Daniels and Samuel Dalembert?
If you aren’t catching my poor uses of sarcasm in this post, let me sum up my thoughts. Do I blame Monta for being unhappy in Milwaukee? No. Was his situation in Milwaukee a bad one? Based off the sights, sounds and statistics, yes it was. Do I think he’s partly insane for turning down the money the Bucks were pouring on him, even in a bad situation? YES.
Monta also went on to make over-exaggerated comments about his workload on the Bucks, “The previous team I been on, like I said once before, I had to do 60 percent of the work no matter what the situation is”, said Ellis. Brandon Jennings also made similar comments in his introductory press conference with the Pistons, explaining that he was forced to take bad shots in Milwaukee.
Monta (41.6%) and Brandon (39.9%) both had pretty despicable years shooting the ball last season, and it’s apparent they’re using their “bad situations” in Milwaukee as the scapegoat. We’ll have to watch and see if either of the guards do actually end up taking better, more selective shots in their new homes as they have claimed they will do.
Although the “Swag Twins” era didn’t go as smoothly as Bucks fans had hoped it would, let’s just be grateful that it’s over, shall we?