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Warriors Curry says relationship with Ellis “a lot better”


There is something tantalizing about the Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis backcourt in Golden State. Two guys who can create, who play smart, who can knock down shots (they combined for 42.7 points per game last season). But it’s never seemed smooth. To be sure, part of it is the whole “who plays defense” thing. Still, you feel the pair should be better together than they have been.

Part of that is attributed to a rocky relationship between the two. That may have been the case in the past, but it’s not now Curry told 95.7-The Game radio, as reported by Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.

And Curry doesn’t expect Ellis to be traded.

“No,” Curry responded. “I think he’s happy where he’s at. We want him on our squad. He brings so much to the table from a leadership standpoint. He’s had some things going on with the front office with the Warriors, but all that’s cleared up now….

“(The pair’s relationship has) gotten a lot better from Day 1, but that’s to be expected when you have two guys about the same size,” Curry said. “We play differently. Me being the point guard and trying to lead the offense and him playing his brand of basketball.

“He attacks the lanes very well when he has the ball in his hands. If he’s not getting to the basket he can make plays. There’s a balance we have learning how to play together. When I don’t have the ball in my hands he knows I’m pretty good coming off screens. We kind of work off of each other. There’s a good, unspoken chemistry when he’s out there and it’s only going to get better with time.”

I want to see this work, I want to see what Curry and Ellis can really do together in the backcourt. But what the Warriors really need is size in the middle for defensing and rebounding (no offense intended, David Lee and Andris Biedrins). To get something of quality, you have to give up something of quality. Which brings us back to trading Ellis.

Warriors say drafting Thompson does not mean trading Ellis. Right….

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It’s hard to say Golden State made a mistake when they took the best shooter in the draft. Last time I looked in the rulebook, the goal of the game was to put the round leather ball through the round metal rim, so guys who can do that from a long ways away have real value.

But drafting a sharp-shooting two guard after weeks of rumors of fielding trade offers for your existing two guard Monta Ellis makes one think… stop that, it’s not true, said Warriors general manager Larry Riley to ESPN.

“We feel Klay is a player who can play the 3 and 2,” Riley said. “We’re going to have room for a backup 3 and that may be a way for Klay Thompson to get more minutes. This in no way affects our motivation to trade any player.”

(Coach Mark) Jackson also said nothing had changed with his desire to coach Ellis.

“I’m expecting the opportunity to coach this young man,” Jackson said. “In talking to him, he wants to win.”

Okay, if that’s what you guys say. But as it sounds like you did everything short of putting Ellis on QVC when shopping him around. Maybe that was just the “gauging interest” part of the process and nobody wanted to make any real moves until they see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But you don’t mind if we’re all a little skeptical about what you said, do you?