Saturday, September 27, 2008


Nellie, Mullin are united in support of Ellis
Tim Kawakami / Mercury News

... "Now is a time for him, I think, to have some support," Mullin said of Ellis. "Of course, understand he did do something wrong and needs to be accountable for it. But I do think all the energy and effort now goes into getting healthy, both physically and mentally.

"I do believe, not trying to be unrealistic, sometimes people learn more from experience than they do from ... you know ... questions and accusations and lectures and things like that."

... a voiding of the contract — is no longer being considered

Warriors' Ellis can learn from his mistake
Gary Peterson / Bay Area News Group

... "We continue to gather all of the pertinent facts and information in regards to the Monta Ellis situation," team president Robert Rowell said in a statement released Thursday. "We have scheduled a meeting with Monta's representatives to take place within the next 7-10 days, and upon conclusion we will have a public announcement regarding our decision."

... What happens next, assuming Ellis recovers fully from his injury, is he has to prove he wants to live up to his new deal, and not merely live off it. He needs to show he's as hungry now as when he was scraping by on a paltry $770,610. He needs to make his first offense his last offense.

Stephen Jackson says contract issues sabotaged the Warriors last season
Matt Steinmetz / Golden State Warriors Examiner

... "It was a toll last year," Jackson said. "You had Matt, you had B.D., you had Monta and Andris. All the contract stuff was in the locker room. This year it's not like that. Ninety percent of the guys are taken care of.

"I'm going to be real. It was talked about a little too much considering the year we had before, all the success we had (in playoffs vs. Dallas). I think that took away from our focus.

"Matt was worried about his contract, B.D. Everyone was talking about it too much instead of talking about what we need to do to win games. It was a cancer last year.

Jackson steps up as captain
Curtis Pashelka / Bay Area News Group

... The 30-year-old guard/forward was nothing but optimistic as he met with Bay Area media members, saying this year's team is better "on paper" than last year's 48-win squad, that he'd like to retire with Golden State, and maintaining that he won't let any contract negotiations he has with management this season be an ongoing distraction.

... Jackson, who has two years remaining on a deal that's worth $14.89 million, would like a contract extension and wouldn't mind if talks with the team continue throughout the season. But he'd rather not have it play out in public or be a topic of discussion in the locker room.

Warriors return to the court

Ann Killion / Mercury News

... Jackson said he talks with Ellis every day. He said his own troubled past should encourage Ellis. Jackson was suspended 30 games for being part of the infamous brawl at the Palace at Auburn Hills in 2004, and seven games at the start of last season after pleading guilty to criminal recklessness stemming from a 2006 incident outside an Indianapolis strip club.

"I bounced back and he can bounce back," Jackson said. "I told him we're going to support him and deal with it the best he can. We all make mistakes. I'm over it."

... Corey Maggette and Davis, in effect, swapped teams, Maggette leaving the Clippers after eight seasons to sign with the Warriors.

"I think he's in for a rude awakening," Maggette said of Davis. Maggette is thrilled to be with a team that has its own training facility, instead of the public fitness center the Clippers were forced to use. He said other things about the Clippers, like film study and called plays, could be a shock for Davis.

Adding up pieces in 2008 A.D. - after Davis
Janny Hu / San Francisco Chronicle

... Jackson, arguably the team's most important player, finds himself fifth on the pay scale after the Warriors doled out around $200 million in new contracts over the summer by giving huge raises to Ellis and Andris Biedrins and signing free agents Corey Maggette and Ronny Turiaf.

Jackson - who will earn about $7 million this season, less than Ellis, Biedrins, Maggette and Al Harrington - cannot renegotiate the final two years of his current contract under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. But he is eligible to sign an extension, which he believes will happen before the start of the regular season.

"I had some talks with Bobby and them," Jackson said of team president Robert Rowell. "I've got a good feeling that things are going to be taken care of. I'm not one of those guys that's going to sit around and not play my hardest and not approach the game and be in the locker room as a cancer because it's not done.

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