Monta Ellis Nearly Lost Desire to Play

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Still, Monta Ellis felt like something was missing. “There was a point where I didn’t even want to play basketball anymore,” he says. When, exactly, that was, he won’t say. “My last three years in Golden State and then the two in Milwaukee,” is all he’ll give up.

“The first time I ever walked into the [Mavericks] locker room, I could feel myself starting to enjoy the game again. That’s when I knew it was going to be different for me. There was just a different vibe that I got when I walked in there, just letting me know that everything was going to change, that it was going to be different here. That’s when I realized what was wrong before.”


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