Another All-Star Chance for Monta?

Another All-Star Chance for Monta?

Feb. 8, 2010


Its getting a little bit old, but Monta Ellis is still being atrooper about it all.

Once the fans selected the starters for next Sundays All-StarGame in Dallas, Ellis was inundated with questions about whether or nothed make it as a sub and how important it was to him.

Then, after the coaches didnt vote him in as an All-Starsubstitute, Ellis was asked about how it felt to not be selected. He handledthe questions like a pro.

After Chris Paul had to pull out because of injury, Ellis was thenasked more about whether or not he thought hed make the team as Paulsreplacement and how important it was to him. And so he answered again.

Of course, Ellis didnt get selected. He was passed over in favorof DenversChauncey Billups. That set up more questions about how he felt about Billupsmaking it and not him.

He stepped up and answered all the questions again.

Then Brandon Roy had to drop out of the game and so Ellis was askedagain on Sunday whether or not he thought hed make it and how importantit was to him. He continued to do well answering.

Today, Ellis found out commissioner David Stern had selected theClippers Chris Kaman to replace Roy.Naturally, Ellis was asked again Monday what he thought. He handled it allquite nicely again.

Said Ellis most recently: Im blessed and have 10 or 12years to get there.

Well, Ellis still may have one more chance. Apparently, Lakers guardKobe Bryant might not play in the game. Word to Ellis: Get ready for morequestions.

--Matt Steinmetz

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Durant very amused by rhetorical question on Twitter about Rockets

Durant very amused by rhetorical question on Twitter about Rockets

Kevin Durant continues to speak his mind on social media.

The user "PATisDOPE" (has over 233,000 followers) tweeted the following:

"How you gonna defend Harden and Paul, the West is looking great I hate Golden State."

Kevin Durant channeled his inner Steph Curry, and responded with 10 "crying-because-I'm-laughing-so-hard" emojis.

The reason for the original tweet is because the Clippers and Rockets agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston.

[RELATED: Report: Austin Rivers played major role in Chris Paul losing faith in Doc]

There's no doubt that the Rockets got better on Wednesday, but it's probably going to take a little time for Harden and Paul -- ball-dominant point guards -- to figure things out.

Ultimately, Houston's offense is going to be a handful.

And in case you were curious, "PATisDOPE" loves Durant but is not a fan of Draymond Green:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-Astros coverage begins at 4pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP