Thursday, September 25, 2008


Warriors' Ellis was hurt in moped accident
Janny Hu, Chronicle Staff Writer

... The 22-year-old tore a deltoid ligament in his ankle and sustained a high-ankle sprain in what one of the sources labeled a "low-speed" accident. Ellis underwent surgery Aug. 27 and is expected to be sidelined for at least another two months.

... Ellis won't be with the team Friday, when players gather for their annual media-day festivities. The team expects Ellis to arrive in Oakland sometime early in training camp, pending medical approval.

... The team has not decided how to punish Ellis for violating the terms of his new six-year, $66 million deal by participating in a banned activity and trying to cover it up.

Since riding a moped is prohibited under the uniform player contract, the Warriors could move to terminate Ellis' deal, though such a move seems highly unlikely.

Report: Ellis was injured in mo-ped accident, not playing hoop news services

... Ellis, 22, who signed a six-year, $66 million contract extension with the Warriors during the offseason, tore a ligament in his left ankle and sustained a high-ankle sprain in what one of the sources said was a "low-speed" mo-ped accident, according to the report. He underwent surgery in late August and is expected to be sidelined for another two months.

... Riding a mo-ped is prohibited under the uniform player contract, which means the Warriors could tear up Ellis' contract. But according to sources, the team and Ellis are still working through the situation. A decision on discipline won't be made until next week, according to the report.

Watson looks to fill starting guard spot
Curtis Pashelka, Contra Costa Times Staff writer

... Watson will get that opportunity perhaps more often than anyone envisioned as he and Marcus Williams head into the start of the Warriors' training camp Saturday as the team's lone true point guards.

... "I feel a lot more comfortable (this year) with this system and the speed of the NBA," Watson said. "After being in there for the last couple of months (last year) and playing summer league, I'm excited for the season and to get a chance to show my skills, what I've been working on and how much I can play."

... "I think right now, everything's wide open," said Chris Mullin, the Warriors' executive vice president of basketball operations. "Our team has changed so much. I don't think Nellie has seen a lot of these guys play together. He's seen them individually in summer league or parts of last year, but how these guys play together is a whole different thing."

Warriors' Training Camp Roster

College/ No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. HS/Country Age Exp.

7 Kelenna Azubuike G 6-5 220 Kentucky 24 2
18 Marco Belinelli G 6-5 192 Italy 22 1
15 Andris Biedrins F/C 6-11 230 Latvia 22 4
11 Dion Dowell G/F 6-7 205 Houston 23 R
8 Monta Ellis G 6-3 177 Lanier HS (Miss.) 22 3
3 Al Harrington F 6-9 250 St. Patrick's (N.J.) 28 10
35 Richard Hendrix F 6-9 255 Alabama 21 R
1 Stephen Jackson G/F 6-8 218 Oak Hill Acad. (Va.) 30 8
31 Rob Kurz F 6-9 232 Notre Dame 23 R
50 Corey Maggette F 6-6 225 Duke 28 9
22 Anthony Morrow G 6-5 210 Georgia Tech 22 R
20 DeMarcus Nelson G 6-4 200 Duke 22 R
4 Anthony Randolph F 6-10 205 LSU 19 R
21 Ronny Turiaf F 6-10 250 Gonzaga 25 3
23 C.J. Watson G 6-2 175 Tennessee 24 1
5 Marcus Williams G 6-3 205 Connecticut 22 2
32 Brandan Wright F 6-10 205 North Carolina 20 1

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