MIAMI – Before personally meeting Monta Ellis for the first time this past summer, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle thought he was much shorter than the 6-3 height that’s printed in the various programs.
But now, Carlisle knows better.
“He’s taller than you think,’’ he said. “When he got here he was taller than I thought he was going to be.
“He’s closer to 6-4 than he is to 6-2.’’
Other than Ellis’ height, Carlisle likes his fierce competitiveness and aggressive way he plays basketball.
“He’s great athletically, he’s got long arms and he’s got to play with his athleticism and with his experience,’’ Carlisle said. “I’ve been impressed with how he goes after rebounds and with his toughness in a crowd.’’
-- Dwain Price
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