I know the past couple of months we here at GSoM have been hard on you. Maybe not everyone, but I know I've had some choice words that I shouldn't have said. Looking back at some of my opinions, it has become clear that I was obviously mistaken.
First of all, I want to thank you for being a Warrior. You have been a great player this year, and most importantly you've came to play with everything you had. I understand that you are only 24, and still very much maturing as a player. It was completely irrational of me to expect you to perform like Kobe Bryant every night. (Even though numbers wise, you've been close!) I got caught on the Stephen Curry hype, and almost lost love for the last remaining Warrior from We Believe. Sure Biedrins was there, but he's not come out like you have this year. You could've easily done what Jack did and requested out. You probably would've gotten out too, since you're such a talent. The Mississippi Bullet (or Missle?) has a special place in my heart, and I want you to know that you will always be there.
The OJ + Thabeet trade at first looked like a no brainer for the Warriors. I was in favor of the trade back then, but if that happened today, I would be very broken hearted. I don't think that OJ will come out with the heart you have shown every night, and recently you've shown you're a great passer. No one is better at getting to the rim than you are in the league. When I watch OJ play (like I will be doing tonight) I don't see a Warrior. Monta Ellis, you are a Warrior.
Sure we had mopedgate, which should've seen you get in more trouble that you did. I have learned to forgive you for that, and you playing through little injuries has helped me realize your true value. Sure, you said that you wouldn't be able to play with Steph, but now you two have formed the best backcourt in the league (production wise). It's easy to be troubled at first, and hopefully playing with each other has eased some of your worries.
Overall, I wanted to apologize for being so hard on you this season. Its been so long since we've tasted glory, and you were an easy scapegoat for a wasted season. It's not your fault that we have been injury prone all year. It's not your fault that the front office decides to surround you with D-Leaguers rather than Lottery-Pick talent. It's not your fault that the NBA refuses to see you as an All-Star despite you're obvious production. You my friend will be a winner one day. The fastest man in the NBA is not going to fall off quickly. I can only hope that you're a winner with the Warriors.
I'll be at Oracle tonight, watching you handle O.J. and show all the Warrior faithful that you are the only SG we need. Make us proud.
Sorry, it'll never happen again. I hope you accept my apology, as you are again my favorite player on the Warriors.
Trade Monta for Mayo + Thabeet?
Yes, in a heartbeat (166 votes)
Depends on how the season ends (53 votes)
No, no, no (277 votes)
496 total votes