After the Bucks lost 104-91 to the Heat in Milwaukee on April 25, Sanders vented in the locker room and said in a fiery speech, “We need to start playing together as a team and stop worrying about next year,” according to one of the people briefed on the confrontation. “We need to stop being selfish and start worrying about right now.”
Ellis “took umbrage,” according to another person with knowledge of the situation. Correctly assuming that Sanders’ comments were directed primarily at him and backcourt mate Brandon Jennings, who both are prospective free agents, Ellis approached Sanders and squared off with him, sources said. A teammate got between the two players and separated them before the conflict became physical.
Monta Ellis is precisely the kind of player the Bucks don’t need on their roster as they move forward (rebuild) with a new coach. He’s a “me first” player who doesn’t seem to care about the success of his team, and in my opinion he’s been a horribly negative influence on Brandon Jennings.