Virtue raises children, donates money, acts morally, that much I know.
Virtue wins games? That much I don’t, though it is the operating assumption of almost any athlete-based article:
“Michael Vick’s playing better since he stopped killing dogs! All hail redemption!”
I won’t psychoanalyze Monta Ellis, it’s not in me to understand him. I can’t comprehend some of my closest friends, let alone fit them into narratives, declare Alpha Dog winners, and Beta Goat losers. And I’ve never even met Monta.
(Until recently, his cadence was inscrutable to my stupid ears)
All things being equal, Monta’s mature, measured interview with Sam Amick is good. His “just can’t” rant of one year ago was the harbinger of doom–though it was more symptomatic of Warriors woes than causal.
Jared Cowley took issue with some of Ellis’s responses because Monta seemed locked into a leader pose. Again–I’m not psychoanalyzing–but Cowley’s take makes a certain amount of sense. In the pervasive creature parlance of the NBA: Monta took Alpha Dog shots with awful efficiency. The Warriors don’t need Ellis to grow into some fatherly force for good in this world: They need him to shoot less. They don’t need Ellis to progress, they need him to revert–to 2008, before all that maturity stuff happened.
Perhaps his acceptance of the offguard role is a step in direction’s right. Here’s to hoping Ellis does more with less.