Monta Ellis Set to Play In Charity Game in Memphis. You Cool with That?

Many were disappointed when Monta Ellis did not show up for We Believe charity game in San Jose. And rightfully so, considering he is the Warriors’ best player.

A few players who know Monta said something came up, speculating it was a family situation. Whatever happened, it was a last-minute drop out.

That only brings up an interesting question, at least in my mind. Monta Ellis is slated to play in Rudy Gay’s charity game in Memphis on Tuesday.¬† So …

Would you fans feel slighted if actually played?

I can see a few reasons why Ellis should play.

1. Playing with such an All-Star cast could get him the shine his brand badly needs. The roster includes Kevin Durant, LeBron James, John Wall, Tyreke Evans and Memphis basketball legend Penny Hardaway. According to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, LaMarcus Aldridge could play and organizers are confident Chris Paul will, too.

That’s a much more noted lineup than the We Believe game, in which arguably the biggest star in the gym, Baron Davis, was in street clothes.

2. He could probably walk to the Memphis charity game from his house. How could he not play in a charity game in his offseason home?

3. Monta has already flaked on Kevin Durant’s charity game in Oklahoma City, back in October, and Matt Barnes’ We Believe game Saturday. If he disses Rudy Gay tonight, he may start losing some cred with his fellow ballers. That won’t be good for his brand, either.

With that said, should he opt out of all other charity games since he failed to show up for his home crowd? Would you take it as a dis if he decided to play in Memphis? Or is it all trivial, since it’s just a charity game?


Marcus Thompson