Monta Ellis injury occurred on a moped

He tried to tell the Golden State Warriors that he was hurt playing basketball, but the injuries Monta Ellis weren’t consistent with that story. It turns out Ellis was injured in a low-speed moped accident.

The team has not decided how to punish Ellis for violating the terms of his new six-year, $66 million deal by participating in a banned activity and trying to cover it up.

Since riding a moped is prohibited under the uniform player contract, the Warriors could move to terminate Ellis’ deal, though such a move seems highly unlikely.

A possible punishment for Ellis is a heavy fine or suspension. It’s also possible the Warriors will let Ellis off the hook completely, chalking the incident up to the youngster’s maturation process.

The question seems to be what steps the Warriors will take to punish Ellis for violating the terms of his contract, but what I really want to know is why Ellis was riding a moped in the first place? What’s the upside?

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Warriors suspicious of Monta Ellis’ injury

Golden State guard Monta Ellis, who recently signed a six-year contract worth $66 million, recently underwent ankle surgery to repair a torn ligament that he claims he sustained while playing basketball in Mississippi.

There were reports that the Warriors were suspicious of Ellis’ story, and we now may have an idea why.

League sources have told ESPN that there were cuts and abrasions on Ellis’ leg that are not consistent with the way Ellis said he injured the ankle.

Just over a month after receiving one of the biggest pay raises in NBA history, Ellis underwent ankle surgery to repair the torn ligament last Wednesday in Alabama and will likely be sidelined until December at the earliest.

Two experts in sports medicine consulted by ESPN.com, granted anonymity because they aren’t privy to the specifics of Ellis’ condition, said that a torn deltoid ligament is rarely seen in basketball. The deltoid ligament, the sources explained, is on the medial (big toe) side of the ankle while the structures typically involved in a high ankle sprain are on the opposite (lateral) side of the ankle. Involvement of the deltoid suggests a more serious rotational injury than those commonly associated with the NBA, the sources said.

If Ellis is found to have sustained his injuries by taking part in non-basketball activities prohibited in his contract, Golden State could theoretically attempt to void the new six-year, $66 million deal signed by the 22-year-old on July 24. But such a drastic step is considered highly unlikely as long as the injuries cause no lasting damage, given Ellis’ standing as perhaps Golden State’s most prized asset in the wake of Baron Davis’ free-agent defection to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The more likely punishments — assuming Ellis makes a full recovery from his injuries — are a fine or, at worst, a suspension.

This keeps getting more interesting by the minute. It’s may be telling that Ellis has yet to speak to the media to confirm his side of the story. If he is being truthful, you’d think that he’d have no problem doing an interview about how he injured the ankle. There’s something more going on here.

In the end, it all depends on the severity of the injury. If he was involved in non-basketball activities when he tore the ligament, and the injury will negatively impact his game, then the Warriors have every right to seek to have the contract terminated. But if he’s expected to recover completely, it is highly doubtful that it will go that far.

Monta Ellis out 3-4 months after ankle surgery

On the heels of signing a monster contract, Warriors’ guard Monta Ellis will miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn deltoid ligament in his left ankle.

In an afternoon conference call with local reporters, Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin said that Ellis informed the club that he injured himself last Thursday playing pick-up ball in his native Mississippi.

It was about a month ago that Ellis received a six-year, $66 million contract extension from the Warriors. Ellis’ ankle will now be immobilized for six weeks, followed by at least six weeks of off-court rehab before the 6-foot-3 guard can return to basketball workouts, ruling Ellis out for all of training camp and the preseason and at least the first month of the regular season.

This is clearly a major blow to the Golden State franchise, which isn’t having the best of offseasons. Ellis is moving from off guard to point guard, and needed training camp and the first part of the season to become acclimated with his new role. Even if he’s ready to go by January, it’s not like they just plug him in and expect everything to work. Given how difficult it is to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, I just don’t see how Golden State stays in the hunt, but stranger things have happened.

The newly-acquired Marcus Williams will have a shot to run things in Ellis’ absence. He’s been something of a disappointment thus far in his career, but he now has a second life in the Bay Area.

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