2.3: Matt Steinmetz on Monta Ellis' All-Star Snub
-- is that Comcast sports net Bay Area breaking news alerts. We had a rough start regularly scheduled programming to bring you this news alert from Comcast sports net. Studios Damon answers alongside next time it's -- in Bay Area back down MBA Saturday in the big news today is that the MBA. Has named its all star reserves and Monta Ellis was a dad has been -- wrapped. With a lot of NBA circles as a guy that would be considered he would be the first. Warrior all star in fourteen years and these -- the reserves and Montae. Is not on the list to see Tim Duncan of San Antonio the best and our record in the league he makes it obvious all the Lakers. Russell Westbrook outstanding point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder Blake Griffin the rookie. From the LA Clippers forward center Manu Ginobili San Antonio Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Deron Williams and you tough. Mets any names on that list that you could possibly consider cutting out in favor of -- how. I really can't game and I mean I noticed there was some sentiment for Monta Ellis to make it and you certainly. -- considerations having that kind of yearbook. If you just look at -- the guards that were named by the coaches Derrick Williams obviously. Maybe the best point guard in the NBA. Russell wasn't Russell Westbrook is a player who. -- among probably top five or six point guards in the NBA and -- Ginobili is a player who's gonna get some MVP consideration this year. Because the San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA and Manu Ginobili is probably their most important players so. Disappointing obviously for the Warriors -- for Monta Ellis put if you look at those subs. There's not a case that he can make it's clear cut that he should have been an all star. Know when you look at what Monta Ellis is done this season. Obviously here in the bay area of people. Think he's deserving of -- -- all star actually talked to Monta last week and he said you know whether he gets it or not it's not gonna make a break his season. You know he's been -- top five in scoring the majority of the season right now sixth in points per game with 25 point one but. Really -- young player that's really done everything for his team and everything his coaches asked him you know how disappointing do you think this will be a month that. I think he's he'll be a little bit disappointed -- it Monta Ellis is not the kind of guy that gets too wound up over. Over much in the way of winning losing. Individual awards are not. I think this is also something that comes down to the fact that the Golden State Warriors are twenty and 27. Right out of twelfth best record. In the conference and if you look the Sacramento Kings don't have anybody the Minnesota Timberwolves owner of anybody so there's obviously. Thought process among the Western Conference coaches and all coaches that they tend to reward. Players whose teams are doing well and Monta obviously it is on a team that's you know not a playoff team at this. Where there's no -- there's no tabulation that's gonna be released and how close might take even came to make in the all star team but you're absolutely right when a team is sub par sub 500 team did its gonna take an extra. Extra ordinary performance throughout the first half of the season for them to get in a Monta. Would not be in -- stars they'll last all star for the Golden State Warriors and looks for else spree well that was fourteen years ago nineties you know 971997. Streak was on -- he's obsessed you know obviously. Did some damage in the Western Conference moreover though. -- really stood out from teenage Western Conference that was there was a lot more parity -- Western Conference is not a top heavy. And I especially -- loaded and an aging superstars as it is right now yes and and while that 97 Warriors did have a great record keep in mind that the Warriors in years preceding that. Were playoff teams and in fact what Charles renewal was a first team all NBA performer. So even though the Warriors didn't have such a great year in 97 -- what was already on. I didn't -- and he'd already been an all star before that point so wasn't like he was a new name the other thing that that. Is worth mentioning is that Yao Ming is not gonna play in the all star game. So David Stern is gonna pick a replacement for Yao Ming and he's not bad owned by having to pick a senator he could go and any direction. And I also think it it it's worth watching. Darrent Williams over the next week or two he's had a he's got a right. Wrist injury hasn't played three or four games. He doesn't play in the next week or two -- very. Foreseeable and he may skip the game and then maybe got opens up another spot for some. What would we will hear from Monta Ellis coming up on sports -- central this evening and also on Warriors pregame lap when you join -- 7 o'clock. But the lawyers tip off against the Milwaukee Bucks meanwhile -- Monta has gotten a lot of lobbying from his teammates. From his coaches. The guy has been absolutely fantastic you know. Before young player Tom. I guess this just adds fuel -- his fire and you know that Monta you know. Did he not only need to continue the path that he's on but the Warriors at the -- need to step up their game to raise the level and the national awareness. This Golden State Warriors team. Well I think that does have a little something to do -- -- in terms of players who advocate for themselves. Certainly Monta Ellis is not one of those players he's just he's a pretty quiet guy he doesn't talk to the media a whole lot. Now when he does talk to the media certainly isn't somebody puts himself out there are front and center. I think this is something that may be as a day or two goes by he will get disappointed. It'll it'll hit him that he's not going to be an all star this year. But I also think one of the things that maybe goes against Monta Ellis is is the perception out there that he still. Just the score Cabrera and they're not gonna take just to score from a team that's twenty and 27. And even though my -- is third in the league in steals and is averaging five point six assists. I just think that you the Warriors have to be 27 and twenty or Monta Ellis has to be filling up virtually every category. I just because there are more familiar names the coaches tend to lean on in this kind of Suu Kyi. Making his name known on national relevance this has been a breaking news -- will have much more in the story coming up with -- chronicle live. 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Our NBA insider joins Damon Andrews to detail why Monta Ellis did not make the Western Conference All Star team.