Wednesday, August 27, 2008

INAUSPISIOUS START TO THE ELLIS ERA

Monta suffers a severe high ankle sprain and is out for at least 3 months! Not only is he going to miss the first month of the season, he loses valuable time in training camp and pre-season to gel with his teammates and improve his PG skills. This is a big blow to the Golden State Warriors in that they lose their biggest scoring threat and most likely fall behind early in the playoff race due to his absence in the first few months of the season. Marcus Williams, C.J. Watson, and Marco Belinelli will get their crack at keeping the Warriors afloat until Ellis is healthy enough to step on the court as the new face of the franchise. If our depth on paper turns out to be just a mirage, this could get pretty ugly fast. Can you say, 'Tank?'

Unfortunately, even if the Warriors ink Shaun Livingston to a deal, he won't be able to fill in right away due to the need to continue rehab until he is completely healed and has regained as much of his lost physical abilities as possible. I say go ahead and sign him anyway. It will be good for the Warriors in the long run because he pairs well with Monta, a small combo guard that could use a complimentary talent like Livingston.

Warriors' Ellis out at least 3 months after ankle surgery
Marc Stein / ESPN.com

Monta Ellis Out 3 Months
Vittorio Tafur / Chronicle Staff Writer


Ellis suffered a Grade 3 high ankle sprain, a torn deltoid ligament and a syndesmosis disruption of the left ankle.

Dr. Angus McBryde of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama peformed successful surgery on the ligament today.

Syndesmotic Injuries of the Ankle

Warriors Guard Monta Ellis Undergoes Successful Surgery
Warriors.com

...Ellis, 22, is expected to have the ankle immobilized for approximately six (6) weeks and spend approximately the following six (6) weeks undergoing off-court rehabilitation. Based on his progress, the 6’3” guard will be cleared to begin on-court rehabilitation after the successful conclusion of the first two steps in the process. A potential return date (to play) cannot be estimated until the initial 12-week period is completed.


Ellis Out, Warriors Look at Livingston
Preetom Bhattacharya / Hoopsworld.com

Transcript of Mullin Conference Call
Lowell Cohn / Press Democrat


Chris Mullin Discusses Monta Ellis' Injury
From: GoldenStateWarriors

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