Monta: Unplugged (Kinda)

I’m baaaaaack. For a little while, anyway. Thought I’d get things going again with Monta’s first interview since rejoining the time.

Photo courtesy of Matt Steinmetz

What’s it like to be back with the team?
I see everybody’s progress. I see how they’re practicing, see what we got coming in this season and I’m just excited to be here to support my team.

What’s the toughest thing about not being able to be out there?
It’s kind of hard to explain, but I’m here in spirit and anything I can do to help them, I’m here for it.

You ever been through anything like this?
I have but, you know, whatever it is, it is. You just got to move forward now.

How long did it take you to get used to your new friend there?
Not long. (Laughs)

Did you pick that color?
Nah, he just gave it to me. (Laughs)

Going to put some rims on it?
Nahhh, I’m just going to get some spray paint and spray paint the spokes.

How do you think you’ll recover?
I’m recovering great. Everything’s going good right now and we just have to wait it out.

Can you put any pressure on it yet?
No, not at this moment there isn’t.

What’s going to keep you mentally coming back early and pushing it too hard?
I really do but at the same time it’s a process and we got 82 games and you know, just take it day by day and hopefully I get back out there soon. I’m going to take my time and make sure I’m 100% before I jump back out and then have to sit back out by coming back too quick. So it’s, it’s really just play it by mouth.

What’s your role now while your out? What are you going to bring to the team?
Whatever it is. Leadership, good spirits, lifting players up who are down, just give them what I see being on the sideline.

Did you wanna get back here for media day?
It’s kind of hard, when your trying to get on a plane with a cast and you’re trying to fly from Mississippi and change over so, that’s what it was. I wanted to be he’re but I’m just glad to be back and be my team support ‘em and move forward.

How’s you relationship with the team? How has it grown through this?
It’s been great. Everybody’s being on task, everybody stayed in contact, everybody’s on the same page, everybody wants to get past this. You know, they want me back on the court but at the same time they want me to be 100 percent. So it’s been good. They’ve been supportive and that’s what I needed and that’s why the process is going the way it’s going, so smoothly. They’ve been terrific.

Why not come out and say something?
We’ll address it next week when my agent speak with the team and till then I want to tell you, but you just have to wait it out and see what they say and when it’s time for me to address it then ill address it.

What will you be like after this?
Um, I can’t predict three years from now, but I could say that in three years, it’ll be way beyond 100 percent . That’s all I could say.

Are your doctors telling you that you can fully recover?
It’s going to be 100 percent. It’s just going to be playing it by mouth.

You have a reputation for being a fast healer. Does that make you more confident?
With this type of injury and what I had to go through, it will probably take a little bit longer and really cause you not to come back too son. I’ve never dealt with it but like I said the team, Chris, everybody in the organization, has been with me 100 percent. We all feel good about it and just move forward.

What is the best-case scenario for your return?
I can’t tell you. Who knows? I can’t put a time frame on it. Like I said, it’s something that you’ve got to make sure you’re 100 percent before you come back.

Are you looking forward to taking advantage of the different view of the game?
I’m definitely going to do that. Not just for me, but to make our team better. To give them the input on what I see from the sidelines and what I think we can do to improve and get better as a team.

Any idea what rehab will be like?
We haven’t gotten to that point yet, but whatever I need to do. I know its going to be hard. No one said it was going to be easy. But I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get back 100 percent to help this team win.

You once said you were the fastest guy in the NBA with a ball in your hand …
I’m still gone be the fastest guy in the league with a basketball after all this.


Kosta is Spain Bound

Warriors back-up center Kosta Perovic is headed to Spain to play for Pamesa Valencia, according to a representative of BDA Sports, his agent company.
The Warriors have agreed to let the 7-foot-2, 242-pound Serbian out of his contract, said Rade Filipovich, vice president of BDA International. He also left the door wide open for Perovic to come back to the Warriors.
“They want to continue his development,” Filipovich said. “Big guys always develop a bit later. … This is good for the Warriors, good for Kosta and good for Pamesa.”
When contacted Monday evening, a Warriors’ spokesman said Perovic, 23, was still on the Warriors’ roster and no agreement was official. According to the spokesman, the Warriors would have to waive Perovic to free him up to sign with the Spanish team. Another NBA team would be free to pick him up, but would be on the hook for the $1.6 million he’s due this season. Perovic was under contract for 2009-10 as well for approximately the same amount.
The European publication Las Provincias reported Monday that Perovic had agreed to a deal with Pamesa that would pay him three million Euro (more than $4.2 million based on the current exchange rate) over three years. The article, which quoted Pamesa’s director of sports, Johnny Rogers, said the deal was dependent upon the Warriors’ agreeing to cut Perovic lose. According to Filipovich, Golden State obliged.
The Warriors agreed to let Perovic walk away from his contract, and Perovic agreed to do so without collecting any of the $1.6 million he was due – which makes it a win-win for both parties.
The Warriors get to cut Perovic’s salary, giving them more room under the luxury tax – something they’ll need if they decide to sign another point guard. Plus, Filipovich said the Warriors would be able to “bring him back,” so it’s possible the Warriors could still get a return on their investment, which they acquired with the No. 38 overall in 2006.
Per collective bargaining agreement rules, if Perovic is bought out, the Warriors would lose their rights to him. He would be a free agent and available to sign with any team. But Perovic could choose to negotiate with the Warriors if he returns to the NBA. He could grant them the first crack at signing him or the opportunity to match or top another team’s offer. But that would be Perovic’s choice, based on his gratitude to the Warriors for setting him free, and not a contractual obligation.
For the immediate future, Perovic will be playing in the same league (the ACB) that produced NBA players Pau Gasol, Andres Nocioni, Jose Calderon, Fabricio Oberto and that Rudy Fernandez dude who put on a show against the U.S. in the gold medal game in Beijing.
Filipovich said Perovic certainly wouldn’t be riding the bench in Spain as he did with the Warriors, averaging 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 5.4 minutes as a rookie – when he wasn’t playing for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Development League. Not only would he be playing in what many consider to be the world’s second-best league, Perovic would also participate in international competition for Pamesa. The combination adds up to about two games per week, Filipovich said.
“He’s going to be a starter,” he said. “He’s going to play major minutes.”


Kosta a Goner?

Las Provincias is reporting that Warriors’ back-up center Kosta Perovic has a deal in place with the Spanish team Pamesa Valencia. The publication, in an interview with Pamesa Valencia’s director of sport, Johnny Rogers, reported that Kosta has agreed to a three-year deal worth three million Euro (which at the current exchange rate comes out to more than $4.2 million over three years). Perovic was expected to make $1.6 million. He has one more year left for somewhere around the same amount.
In order for this deal to take place, the Warriors would have to come to some kind of agreement with Perovic to let him out of his contract. The Warriors and Perovic would have to agree to some kind of amendment to his contract (i.e., a buyout), then he would be waived, allowing him to go to another team. According to the Warriors’ PR office, this has not happened yet. Perovic is still on the roster as of Monday.
Pros: The Warriors get to shave some salary. The nearly $2 million coming off the books would give the Warriors a little bit more question, which comes in handy if they want to nab a point guard, such as Shaun Livingston.
Con: They lose one of the few big bodies they have on the roster (actually the only one as Andris is not so strong and Turiaf not so tall). Also, they will have gotten nothing for the investment, though it wasn’t enough money lost too be concerned about, in my opinion.
I’ll try to get more info and post it here.
In the mean time, what would you do if you’re the Warriors? Do you let him walk? If so, how much would you be willing to spend to free yourself of him? Or do you give him the option to leave but refuse to pay him anything in a buyout? Do you demand some bread from the Spanish team? Let’s hear it.


Monta Does the Right Thing

It appears Monta has fessed up and told the Warriors what really happened with his ankle. A member of the organization told me Chris Mullin knows the truth – no, he wasn’t working out when he jacked up his ankle – and this thing is almost over.
No word yet about what is going to happen now. One agent told
me that the Warriors have to report this to the league or they could be liable. It stands to reason that they would report it to the league, because if Monta turns out to be … not Monta, the Warriors could try to get their money back.
It is a good sign that Monta came clean. It takes a certain level of maturity, even if a little late, to man up and correct your mistakes. It is certainly something you want to see from your point guard.
So, my question to you, what is the appropriate punishment?


New Record Predictions???

I’m expecting Ellis to be out until January. It’s going to be three months before he can be evalauted just to see if he can resume full-contact practice. And there’s no need to rush him back. The franchise is practically riding on that ankle. So, with no Monta, how do the Warriors hold up? Any chance they can tread water?
By the end of December, they will have played 34 games. Of those, 21 are on the road. I previously had the Warriors at 14-20 over the first 34. Now, without Monta, that’s looking like an OK mark.
What do you think the Warriors record will be over the first 34 games? Will the season be over or will the Warriors have enough to hang around?