What they're saying: Reacting to Ellis' departure

What they're saying: Reacting to Ellis' departure
March 14, 2012, 5:33 am

There is no doubt that the trade of Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal for Andrew Bogut is a move that the Golden State Warriors made for the future.Of course it was.Bogut is not expected to play this season after breaking his left ankle, and Stephen Jackson, whom the Warriors also acquired, doesnt figure to be a quick fix.Thats a tough pill to swallow for coach Mark Jackson and players such as David Lee, Dorell Wright and Stephen Curry. Each of those guys were thinking playoffs and that idea took a major hit on Tuesday because of the trade.RECAP: Monta-less Warriors blow out Kings 115-89
Heres what they had to say about the trade:Warriors coach Mark Jackson on whether the playoffs are still the goal: Theres no other option for me. Doesnt make a difference who is there the mission remains the same. Our objective is to play Warriors basketball and let the chips fall where they may. But the promise remains the same.Jackson on whether theres any way the Warriors could be better immediately after the trade: We lost some big pieces and the only way we can be better is each guy has got to make that extra percentage, increase their game. We played tonight without a big chunk of our success lately and the entire season. Its going to be a tall task to say we can be better. But we can continue to play with energy and passion and determination and come up with wins.Dorell Wright on the trade: I dont have any thoughts. Im just a player. I come in here and do my job and continue to work hard. Thats the front office youve got to ask that question to.David Lee on whether he thinks the team took a hit in the short term: It certainly, on paper, looks that way. Thats the best way of putting it, I think. We acquired two great players but from what I heard Bogut is out for a long while. So, it certainly seems that way. We lost two guys who are a huge part of what we do.Lee on whether the playoffs are realistic: What Im going to say right now is Im happy we won this game tonight and we have a tough one tomorrow and well re-evaluate and see whats going on. Take it game by game but theres been a lot of changes in the last two hours so we have to take a step back.Stephen Curry on whether he thinks the philosophy has changed from playoffs to the future: Obviously this trade has dented our roster a little bit. But we understand that there are games still to be played but if we come out with effort and energy who knows what can happen?

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