Ellis, immobilized at Warriors practice, leaves hospital under his own power
Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis left a Hawaii hospital of his own accord shortly before midnight, just hours after suffering an injury that had him immobilized and carted off the court during a training camp practice.A battery of tests, including an MRI and a CT scan, came back normal and the injury is being diagnosed as a neck sprain, according to team officials. Ellis is listed as day-to-day.
"It's as good as can be expected," Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said.As a precautionary measure, Ellis is not likely to play in either exhibition against the Lakers this week. According to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, the 21-year-old Ellis was trying to split a double team on a pick-and-roll when he went down Friday night. Ellis lay face down, prone for more than 25 minutes.
He was taken to Castle Medical Center in Kailua, which is about 40 minutes from the BYU-Hawaii campus where the Warriors are holding camp.The team's trainer was able to speak to Ellis, so it appeared he was conscious, but there were no noticeable responses to tests for motion.
Information from ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ric Bucher and The Associated Press was used in this report.