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Posted August 19, 2008 - 04:12 PM

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Monta Ellis is already preparing to meet the expectations of his new contract.

He is working on his ball handling this offseason and has plans to improve his endurance and strength by working out with trainer Virgil Hunter, boxing coach of undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward of Oakland.

"There's no workout like a boxing workout," said Ward, who is training for his December fight at Oracle Arena against Brian Vera. "It surprised me a little bit because there was no hesitation (when he was approached with the idea). "... The scary part about him is he's going to get better. When hard work and talent come together, great things happen."

"Monta is quietly confident, and it comes from getting his work done and not talking about it," said Warriors' Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin, who drafted Ellis No. 40 overall in 2005.

"He shows up in the best shape. You don't keep improving as he has just because. He works at it."


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