Thank you Monta for bringing Steph to your wedding. This was the first step that we saw you take to initiate a personal relationship with Steph, even though there was so much publicity about your initial reactions to him being drafted.
Despite a new owner, numerous talks about trades and so forth, Monta Ellis has been a team leader in every sense of the word. He has grown into a man and a player that I appreciate as an extremely gifted NBA player, and as person with perserverence and moral fortitude.
Thank you Monta for being a solid contributor day in and day out, throughout the losing seasons following the "We Believe" era. It cannot be easy to go from two 40+ win seasons to a below 30 win team within two years. You saw J-Rich and Baron leave, and SJ and Al demand trades after lazy efforts. You are still here, and whenever physically able, you play your heart out.
Thank you Monta for taking on the role of shooting guard along Steph. You play against some of the toughest offensive players in the league, and have improved your defense admirably. You have proven to the whole league that a small back court not only has a possibility to succeed, but that it may be more dominant because of teams reliance on tall SG's. Speed kills, and I am proud to say we have the fastest man in the NBA.
Thank you Monta for being the offensive player you are. If I have to hear one more time about your TS%.....let's just ask who else would take the shots you do and succeed at the rate you do. Your teammates pass you the ball with 5 seconds on the shot clock for a reason. You are the best option in the clutch, and you bear the burden, not the blogger talking about how you make "x" amount of shots "y" amount of the time.
Thank you Monta for averaging 24.3pts, 3.5reb, 5.6ast and 2.1 steals per game. You have helped make a losing season bearable because your growth has given me hope that you are a building block of this team. Out of the middle of Mississippi you came to our town and throughout your trials and tribulations, have shown that you are an All-Star; you are a winner.
Your personal goal of playing every game this season may have ended, but you have exceeded the expectations of many. Thank you for being a true Warrior. I hope to see you next season if not sooner.