There's nothing subtle about this San Francisco Chronicle report on the Warriors' reaction to last night's trade with the Bucks. Oh, sure, the Golden State locker room was described as "gloomy," what with Monta Ellis, Epke Udoh, and the injured Kwame Brown departing for Milwaukee in exchange for Stephen Jackson and the injured Andrew Bogut. But Ellis? He's cool with it. Really cool with it, in fact:
• The Chronicle's headline: "Monta Ellis all smiles leaving GS Warriors for Milwaukee." And right there in the first paragraph, the story said Ellis was "showcasing an ear-to-ear smile as he addressed media."
• Ellis said he found out about the trade by watching television, adding, "I don't have a problem with that. It is what it is."
• Upon being told the Warriors play the Bucks on Friday, Ellis said, "I know."
• Reminded he had said he wanted to be a Warrior for life, Ellis said, "Everybody says that, but it doesn't happen that way."
Ellis was not asked about that Warriors tattoo he has on his back, but he didn't have to be. It's already behind him.
Monta Ellis all smiles leaving GS Warriors for Milwaukee [San Francisco Chronicle]