Monta Ellis declined to talk to the media today. Don’t think it was because he was disappointed he didn’t make All-Star. He just doesn’t like talking to us. He’s answered questions once since checking himself out of the game Friday. So, in a week span, his only public comments came after the loss to the Hornets. How many face-of-the-franchise players can get away with that?
Anyway, no reaction from Ellis about not being chosen. Corey Maggette did fill in for him.
MAGGETTE: “It’s disappointing for me. Mr. Unbelievable has been doing everything for this team.”
Maggette also spoke about his late-game vent at coach Don Nelson on Tuesday.
As a recap, Maggette missed his first 15 shots. Several times, he thought he was fouled but didn’t get the call. Then, in the final seconds, he picked up a techncal foul. He had to be pulled away from arguing with Danny Crawford (who Maggette called a great official today). He then turned his frustration toward the bench. I heard him tell Nellie “say something” and “they’ve been doing it to me all game.” My presumption was that Maggette wanted Nellie to also go at the officials.
Maggette didn’t talk after the Sac game. He didn’t talk before the Hornets game. He was long gone by the time we got in the locker room after the Hornets game. So far, all we had on it was Nellie’s pre-game comments Wednesday.
NELSON: “He was just off a very tough game. So he was a little upset. He’ll get over it. He was having a tough night. Last thing we needed was a technical at that time, especially two technicals.”
Finally, at Thursday’s practice, we finally caught up with Maggette. And he finally answered questions about that heated situation at the end of Tuesday’s game.
MAGGETTE: “I don’t even remember that game.”
I laughed inside. Eventually, he kind of addressed it and put it to bed. It probably was already put to bed, but he tucked it in and kissed it on the forehead.
MAGGETTE: “The next game is the next game. A new day is a new day. It’s a blessing. The thing with Nellie, it’s over.”
Was watching Morrow shoot 3s on the side in practice. He was 273 for 355. That’s 76.9 percent. One crazy part. after a certain number of shots, the machines aims the balls in a different direction (it moves from one corner to the other. Morrow had gotten up over 300 shots. While the machine pointed towards the corner, he was bent over, hands on his knees, tired. His shirt drenched. The machine started shooting out balls again. Morrow stood up straight and knocked down seven more in a row.
Ever shoot when you are tired? Consecutively? Man, that ball is heavy. It is so hard. Anyway, I appreciated that.
He still won’t go tomorrow. His knee is still giving him problems. He wants to be there to play against Jax, he said, but he can’t rush it back. My guess is he will return at some point on the coming road trip, maybe at Houston on Tuesday.
Rookie guard Stephen Curry’s father does TV for the Bobcats. But Dell Curry promises not to cheer when his son does something good.
DELL (to Associated Press): “I’ll be as professional and unbiased as I can, but he is my son. We do a lot of Steph updates on our broadcasts because he’s from Charlotte. It’s definitely going to be odd.”