What they're saying: Reacting to Ellis' departure

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What they're saying: Reacting to Ellis' departure

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?

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."