Report: Bucks’ Monta Ellis, Larry Sanders Almost Came To Blows After Loss To Heat


The Milwaukee Bucks had a rough go of it during their first round sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat. is reporting that things got so intense after a game 3 blowout loss, that guard Monta Ellis and forward Larry Sanders almost came to blows, and had to be physically separated.

even though the players had to be separated, the altercation didn’t wasn’t serious enough to warrant disciplinary action for either player.

One source described the confrontation as “just words between teammates in the locker room.”

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.

I find it hard to believe that Monta Ellis would get offended by someone questioning his motives and unselfishness.  Monta Ellis is considered by some to be the most selfish, me first player in the NBA.

Really Monta, he offended you?