Famous rapper Lil’ Wayne is one of the biggest diva’s in the rap game. Some of Wayne’s notorious diva requests include a private jet, a police escort to and from the airport as well as to all shows. Wayne also must stay in a five star hotel in a suite with more than 1,000 square feet. If any of these requests are not met then the contract becomes null-and-void for any of his appearances.
Former Golden State Warriors shooting guard and current Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis may not cancel his appearances if he doesn’t have a police escort nor does he have such high expectations about his hotel room accommodations but as NBA divas go, Ellis is near the top of the list.
Ellis was a straight scorer for the Warriors. He averaged 19 or more points per game in his final five seasons with the Warriors including 25.5 points and 24.1 points per game in consecutive seasons. But for the Warriors, scoring was just about all Ellis did. It was not until his final half season in 2011-12 that Ellis averaged six assists per game. He also never eclipsed five rebounds per game. But even with his scoring ability, Ellis will be remember for his diva-like attitude as much as his ability.
As of joining the Mavericks this summer, Ellis spoke about his time on the Warriors saying that he had to do, “ 60 percent of everything” while playing in Milwaukee and in Golden State.
Ellis was also rather turnover prone and took more than 1,000 shots in a season four times during his Warrior tenure. This last May coach Mark Jackson was asked of what he thought of the Monta Ellis trade and the impact it had on the current Warriors.
Jackson’s response: via Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com
“It helped change the culture. Obviously it was easier to pull the trigger because we knew what we had in Klay and it was time for him to be a starting two-guard and he does everything right.”
How did that trade change the culture? Jackson paused four seconds.
“It helped change the culture,” he finally said.
Well the “you know” Jackson was referring to is the diva-like attitude that Ellis carried. It was Ellis’ need to have the ball in his hand and feel the need to carry the offense….alone. It was the rumor that he demanded a trade away from the Bay Area even after treating him well to the tune of $66 million dollars and gave him the keys to the organization.
All in all, Ellis’ reputation as a Warriors will always be a mixed bag. Fans will remember his incredible scoring ability but will also remember all those long seasons of losing with Ellis the diva running the show.