Dumbo is the famous flying Disney son to Mrs. Jumbo. Dumbo Jumbo. The Golden State Warriors now have their own version. Their own flying dumbo – Monta Ellis. Sure, we love Monta. He’s fantastic. Kids love him. Season ticket holders love him. Opponents fear him. He was ready to take on heftier responsibilities. But, what the heck was he thinking, then doing, on August 27 in Jackson Mississippi on the heels of a 6 year, $66 million deal?
The early claim was “out practicing hoop”. Now, the full monty is about to be exposed and the news ain’t good. We had heard that Tommy Abdenour, the Warriors’ trainer, was on his way to MS to “investigate”, but that turned out to be a rumor. Then, 2 days later we hear that Mully has been in some sort of secret, friend to friend chat with Monta. And, today’s San Jose Mercury News states “the Warriors know that the guard’s ankle injury last month occurred ‘outdoors and not while playing basketball’…and ‘scared to tell the truth at first’.” A precursor to only one thing…he invalidated his phat contract. Tagged as a fibber, but likely a forgiveable one.
There’s unconditional admiration for this kid in the Big O. There always will be. For right now though, could he be connected to a freakish lineup:
- In March 2002, a San Franscisco Giant and former 2000 All-Star game starter claimed to be cleaning his truck and accidentally slipped off the roof and broke his wrist. Only to find out later, he was doing wheelies down the middle of the street on his motorcycle after baseball practice. The guilty bragger and former Cal Bear – yup, Jeff Kent.
- A community college parking lot in May 2005 becomes the skid zone for an out of control, highly touted footballer from the Miami ‘Canes. He ends up missing his entire rookie with an ACL injury and corresponding 6-week staph infection. He’s a stud now as was his dad – the Kellen Winslows.
- After a brilliant college hoops career at Duke, he’s the 2nd overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Chicago Bulls. Then, in June 2003, crashes his motorcycle into a lamp post in downtown Chicago. Severing a leg nerve, broken pelvis, 3 torn knee ligaments including his ACL, Jay Williams never played in a regular season NBA game and never will.
And, there are other motorcycle crash test dummies like Ben Roethlisbeger (sans helmet), Jerome Mathis, Jamie Henderson, and Steve Howe.
Are there any bets that Monta was whipping around Jackson on a motorcycle when this tidy mis-hap occured? Was he under the influence? Monta just doesn’t really seem like the motorcycle type, so these could be ill comparisons. Time will tell all.
Some other guesses. It’s not snowboarding, but maybe some indoor skateboard or motorcross track. Flag football game at the ole family reunion. Fell out of the back of pickup truck. Jumped off his roof into the pool. Pogo-stick jumping state championship.
Regardless, fans will accept Monta back with open arms as will the entire team. No doubt. But, will he be the same? He better be. Will he come back with a vengence, with something to prove? I hope so. Will he get Brett Favre syndrome (Vicadin addiction)? I hope not.
We hope and pray Monta comes back full strength and leads the Warriors to a season beyond expectations (read = a fight down to the wire for the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference).