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Stay on the Shooters!!! – Practice Edition

Heard a funny story from Warriors practice in New York. Some of the Warriors were engaged in three-on-three. The teams: Team PO’BE, rhymes with Kobe, (Pietrus, O’Bryant and Ellis) vs. Team BMW (Belinelli, Mbenga and Wright).

Team BMW took the first couple of games (to seven), prompting mountain to proclaim “We ain’t losing again! We ain’t losing again!”

Team PO’BE were up 5-2, when Team BMW began to make a run. For some inexplicable reason, Belinelli found himself all alone for a long ball. Of course he nailed it, and Monta went off. He was screaming something at Pietrus like – and I’m paraphrasing – “Why would you leave the shooter open!”

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Monta’s rant of frustration resulted in Pietrus sulking on the side. Monta’s reaction (again, I’m paraphrasing): “Let’s go, Pat. It’s just me and you.” Team PO’BE became Team O’BE.

Sure, Pietrus was standing out by the 3-point line all alone, clapping for the ball. But Monta was fed up. He ignored Pietrus and took it to the rack 1-on-2.

As you could imagine, Team BMW eventually one. The best part is that we can take solace in known that Monta, like us, is frustrated when the shooter is left all alone. Welcome to our world, Monta.

Marcus Thompson

  • john

    Monta, all Warrior fans share your pain. Pietrus is many times forgets to use his brain out on the court. He has tremendous skills but doesn’t think sometimes. If you watched the NBA League Pass airing of the Toronto game you would have caught MP fouling a Toronto player with less than a minute to go and the Warriors up by nine. Collectively you know Warrior fans were yelling, “NOOOO”. Now the clock is stopped and the Raptor is going to the line for free throws. The only good thing was watching Nellie chew him out in front of the bench. I don’t think there’s any hope of MP getting it after what, four years in the league.

  • EJ

    i love it, marcus!

  • AJ

    It’s time to trade him. Let’s trade him for a high price player (since we have a $10 trade exception). Get someone who’s wearing out their welcome on their team!

  • Andrew

    I like that Monta is calling out his teamate for a blown defensive assignment. But at the same time someone needed to call Monta out for trying to take it to the rack against the entire defense while his teamate is wide open in the corner clapping for a shot. How many times have we seen this so far this year?

  • JustPuked

    Pietrus makes Homer Simpson look like the President of Mensa.

    Good point Andrew. Monta has passed up more than a few opportunities to dish to guys camping out at the three point line. If I had a choice I’d prefer he concentrate on dishing to guys cutting down the lane or to the post when the post defender rotates to him. He’s been doing a much better job of that recently. If he’s ever going to reach his Tony Parker like point guard potential he’s going to need to eventually see the entire court. I’m more than happy if he can just master dishing in the paint this season, even if it means missing opportunities for threes here and there. So Marcus, who dominated who, O’Bryant or Mbenga?

  • JustPuked

    Pietrus makes Homer Simpson look like the President of Mensa.

    Good point Andrew. Monta has passed up more than a few opportunities to dish to guys camping out at the three point line. If I had a choice I’d prefer he concentrate on dishing to guys cutting down the lane or to the post when the post defender rotates to him. He’s been doing a much better job of that recently. If he’s ever going to reach his Tony Parker like point guard potential he’s going to need to eventually see the entire court. I’m more than happy if he can just master dishing in the paint this season, even if it means missing opportunities for threes here and there. So Marcus, who dominated who, O’Bryant or Mbenga?

  • manhattanproj

    great team chemistry!!

    and who said monta has tony parker’ pg potential?

    he will always be a scoring guard in the mode of arenas.

  • Marcus Thompson

    manhattanproj,

    You think Tony Parker is something other than a scoring point guard?