Mavericks' Monta Ellis happy playing basketball for first time in years
DALLAS -- In his most candid interview since he joined the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent last summer, guard Monta Ellis said this is the first year he's been totally happy playing basketball since 2007. Ellis was drafted by the Golden State Warriors right out of Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss., in the second round of the 2005 draft and was known as a flamboyant gunslinger. But he said that after the Warriors made the playoffs in his second season, he began to lose his passion for the game after management started parting ways with some of their key players. The Warriors eventually traded Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012. But Ellis didn't get his joy back until he signed a ...