DALLAS -- The Mavericks believe they are creating a unique offensive partnership with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. They will share the load. Batman and Robin, but some nights, maybe the other way around. Shoulder-to-shoulder.
But when Dirk's shoulder meets Monta's shoulder, he will encounter another presence: As Ellis demonstrated at Monday's Media Day, he arrives in Dallas accompanied by a massive chip.
"I'm going to get criticized for what I do," said Ellis, fielding questions about his reputation as a "volume shooter" and an "inefficient scorer." "The only thing I can do is laugh it off. There are a lot of guys that take a lot of bad shots in this league. But nobody wants to talk about that. Everybody wants to talk about the shots Monta takes. All I'm going to do is take the punches and prove everybody wrong.
"What I'm saying is I'm going to play Monta Basketball' and if y'all want to criticize, criticize."
The criticism of other bad-shot takers isn't the concern of the Mav...