Warriors

Warriors

You probably already know what happened at Warriors Media Day back in September 2009.

But in case you forgot -- Golden State guard Monta Ellis made it very clear that he didn't believe the Warriors could "win" with he and the recently-drafted Steph Curry comprising the team's backcourt.

He wasn't wrong (more on that soon), as the Dubs finished the 2009-10 season with a record of 26-56.

But let's focus on the season finale for a second, which occured 10 years ago today.

In the Warriors' 122-116 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Steph racked up 42 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block, while Monta recorded 34 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Additionally, we got a fantastic quote from the future two-time NBA MVP:

Here's a little more context from Marcus Thompson of The Athletic (who worked for the East Bay Times at that point): "We’ve gotten to know each other, gotten comfortable playing with each other. So we’ve come a long way since that first day.”

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If we assume that Curry was making light of Monta's declaration from nearly seven months prior, the comment becomes quite funny.

 

As for Monta not being wrong -- the Warriors traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012 to allow the Curry-Klay Thompson backcourt the opportunity to shine.

[RELATED: Steph tells story of encouraging call he got from Monta]

It turned out to be a fantastic decision by the franchise, despite the fact that Dub Nation wasn't happy with owner Joe Lacob at first.

One final note -- it's been cool to hear Steph and Monta praise one another over the last year or so. The two had (and presumably have) a closer relationship than most people realized.

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