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The Daily Rival:
The Warriors may have raised a few eyebrows last week with their activity at the trade deadline, acquiring Andrew Bogut and Richard Jefferson in two separate deals. In the process, the team had to part ways with fan-favorite Monta Ellis. Obviously, the Warriors felt the dual-small-guard experiment had run its course. But that doesn’t mean Ellis was always the odd-man out. Warriors owner Joe Lacob on Friday spoke openly with SFGate.com about point guard Stephen Curry and how he could have been a victim of the trade deadline rather than Ellis.
“I’m getting chills talking about (Ellis) right now,” Lacob said. “He’s one of my favorite players in the NBA. Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. I feel very strongly about him. It was incredibly difficult to trade him, but he’s the piece it had to be to get Andrew Bogut. We would have traded either (Curry or Ellis) to take the next step for this franchise.”
Lacob also acknowledged that the team is open to shutting down the increasingly injury-prone Curry for the rest of the season. At any rate, his injury struggles clearly are starting to trouble the Warriors. And it sounds like they’re already behind the notion of dumping Curry before his leg completely falls off.
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Stay classy Oakland fans. What a joke. California should be annexed from the country. Reason #18383772 is below.
Also reason 8 gazillion that Mullins is a sweet sweet dude, and Rick Barry is a jack wagon. Good **** here.
Welcome Monta Ellis and congrats on getting away from those idiots. Yes, we have 20 below weather and water street. But there fans are idiots.
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