The only time I ever see people around this site quoting Monta anymore is the infamous "Just can't" way back from Media day. Steph had been already declared the choosen one, leading to more and more people jumping on the anti-Monta bandwagon. Admittedly he never should have said that, especially in that forum, but when did it become the case that veterans couldn't give rookies a hard time? Rookies are supposed to prove themselves. Mike Montgomery didn't always have nice things to say about Monta when he first got to the team. I've heard Monta tell stories where players made him sit in garbage cans full of ice water when he was a rookie. You think Steph had to do anything like that? No chance. My point is that ever since that quote from media day, I haven't heard a Monta interview where he isn't complimentary toward Steph, yet the "Just can't" quote is always the only thing brought up. It's like Monta hasn't on multiple times said nice things about Steph since then. Here's one such quote from an interview he had with Fitz at the end of the season.
After Fitz mentions that Steph said his relationship with Monta is rock solid, he asks Monta if Steph earned his respect...
"He earned it a lot. The biggest thing that surprised me with him was his ability to run a team. Play point guard. He came in and proved people wrong, proved me wrong."
The rookie came in and did exactly what he was supposed to and Monta admitted he was wrong, and I've heard him say that on more than one occasion. When will it be enough for everyone? Sounds to me like he's willing to let Steph run the point, and I think we saw that at the end of the season. I don't buy this whole theory so many people throw out like it's a fact that Monta is too stubborn to ever defer to Steph. Monta experienced what it was like to try to carry a team by himself the first half of the season. Everyone seems to forget that Steph really struggled over the summer and into the beginning of the season. Monta tried to do too much, wore himself down, and the team didn't win many games. He knows he can't win alone and I bet he's happy he's got a good player to run with. Let's get back to a couple years ago when Monta got easy baskets every game by cherry picking, cutting backdoor, and going up for alley oops. He can be a player who moves off the ball extremely well. We've seen it from him. Now that he believes he's got a teammate who can run the team, I think we can get back to that.
Don't any of you remember seeing Monta get his Most Improved Player award from David Stern right before Game 3? It was one of the greatest moments I've ever been apart of. Can't even describe what the noise was like, and in the middle of it all was Monta with a huge smile on his face. All you ever hear him talk about is how much he loves the fans here. The only thing I've ever heard him say to the contrary is when he was sticking up for Radmanovich when he was getting booed. He's not the terrible teammate a lot of you think he is. Just do me a favor and at least attempt to remember some of the happier moments he's produced for Warrior fans instead of always dwelling on a couple bad ones while you attempt to run him out of town.