Posts Tagged ‘Greg Monroe’

Pistons fans celebrate return of Dee-troit Basket-ball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons were off to a 5-23 start and things were looking dire. Then the Pistons released Josh Smith, reconfigured their offense, and boom — everything turned around. Today the Pistons have won 9 of their last 10 games and, with a 14-24 record, and are two losses behind Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the East. There’s still a lot of season left to go, but after that dreadful start the Pistons are now one of the hottest teams in the NBA. And some fans from Detroit Bad Boys put together a pretty cool video celebrating that turnaround…

VIDEO: Pistons back

LeBron hangs with future NBA players in 2007

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It doesn’t seem like all that long ago, but 2007 was seven years ago, and a lot of players who are in the NBA now were still in high school or college back then. That point was reiterated yesterday when former college basketball player Wesley Witherspoon celebrated Throwback Thursday by posting a pic taken in 2007 at the LeBron James Skills Academy. And while LeBron looks a bit younger then than he does today, what’s really neat is all the guys around him who will eventually make it to the NBA.

See if you can spot Kemba Walker, Greg Monroe, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan and Lance Stephenson

Cody Zeller Pays Greg Monroe Back

Last night, Greg Monroe gave Charlotte’s neophyte big man Cody Zeller a block to remember, or as Lang Whitaker put it, a BLOCK to remember. Tonight during the second of a home-and-home back-to-back, Zells’ memory didn’t fail him and he came out the gates with one thing in mind.

In the first quarter, Cody packed Monroe’s shot not once or twice, but three times. While none equaled the singular ferocity of Monroe’s BLOCK, the basketball lords granted Zeller an opening toward redemption and the rook atoned:

VIDEO: Cody Zeller hustles back for the stuff on Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe Destroys Cody Zeller Shot Attempt

VIDEO: Monroe’s Block Against Zeller

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are blocked shots, and then there are BLOCKED SHOTS. This from Greg Monroe last night against Cody Zeller is definitely a BLOCKED SHOT. I think Zeller should have let go of the ball a bit sooner. Looks 2014 just isn’t Zeller’s year so far.

All this play was missing was the finger wag after the block…


JR Smith Keeps Trying To Untie Shoes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the weekend, cameras caught Knicks guard J.R. Smith untying Shawn Marion‘s shoe just before a free throw attempt. Marion then played two possessions with a shoe untied, before a break in play allowed him the time to fix his kick. This apparently drew a warning to Smith from the NBA, although there was no fine or suspension. And for his part, Smith admitted on Twitter that the ol’ shoelace trick is something he does had been doing regularly…

So in last night’s Knicks game against Detroit, as soon as Smith checked in during the first quarter, he ran over to line up for a free throw, stood next to Pistons big Greg Monroe, and went straight for the shoelace …

VIDEO: Smith Tries To Untie Shoe Again

This time, we should note, Smith was foiled by some fancy footwork from Monroe. Whether Smith will draw a warning about not untying shoes remains to be seen. One idea for Knicks’ opponents to perhaps add to their scouting reports: Double-knot your laces.

Harden, Bosh Headline All-Lefty Squad

VIDEO: Lefties dominate throughout as Grizzlies cruise past Pistons

At tipoff of the vaunted meeting between Grizzlies and Pistons today, there were six left-handed players at center court.

Michael Conley, Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, and Josh Smith played a part in history. Never before has there ever been this many non-right-handed players to start an NBA game.

OK, maybe that’s not true. But if it has happened, I’ve never seen or heard of it. As a fellow left-handed practitioner, I won’t complain. It’s about time.

So how did the lefties fare? As the 112-84 score indicates, the odd ones in Memphis reigned. The Grizzlies’ southpaw quad — Conley, Ed Davis, Prince, Randolph — combined for 63 of their 112 points. The Pistons’ trio — Jennings, Monroe, Smith — put up 36 of their 84 points. Jennings struggled, scoring four points, but led both teams with 11 assists.

To cap off the seminal clash, Davis gave a lefty send-off to the diminished Detroit crowd:

VIDEO: Ed Davis finishes “lucky” dunk with left hand

Who starts on your 2013-14 All-Lefty team? My starting five: Conley (slight edge over Goran Dragic), James Harden, Manu Ginobili (maybe a stretch to play at the 3, but I’ll chance it), Randolph and Chris Bosh. There are a few to choose from in addition to the names above, including David Lee, DeAndre JordanIsaiah Thomas and Thaddeus Young.

Who starts for you?  



ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are deep into training camp and media days, which can mean only one thing: MUSCLEWATCH 2013 is fully upon us. And even as I am knee-deep in MUSCLEWATCH reports, coming in from around the NBA, imagine my surprise last week when I flipped on NBA TV and found MUSCLEWATCH reaching its largest audience yet:


Detroit Pistons Unveil New Motor City Jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Detroit Pistons used Instagram earlier today to unveil their new third jerseys, which read “MOTOR CITY” across the front, a nod to the city’s history with the automotive industry. Pistons C Greg Monroe does the honors in the video below…

According to the Pistons, they’ll wear these jerseys on Sundays, as part of what they’re calling Motor City Sundays…

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton

By Khris Middleton, Detroit Pistons

The London Lowdown

Our team just got back from London where we played the Knicks last week. It was a great experience! I had never been to London before, so it was nice to see the city, experience the culture and do some sightseeing. It was also a good bonding experience with my teammates. We all went out together and really enjoyed each other’s company.

We left for London Monday night. We didn’t take our usual team plane; we flew out of the main Detroit airport, Detroit Metro, on a chartered plane with more than 150 people. Since it was considered a Pistons home game, we brought a bunch of staff – cheerleaders, stats people and other team employees – over to London with us. Some family members came, so I brought my sister with me.

I was exhausted when we took off, and I slept the whole way pretty much, until we landed at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning. Everyone was excited once we got there. When we got off the plane, there were some news cameras around. And as our team walked to get our bags, people were staring at us – a bunch of really tall guys – like we were a freak show! It was pretty funny.

We got our bags, got on the bus and headed to the hotel. We stayed at a Four Seasons, which reminded me of the hotels we stay in here. As soon as we arrived, we ate some lunch at the hotel, which did a good job of Americanizing the food. (I’m a picky eater, so I stayed away from the food I didn’t know.) I walked around a little outside and then our team had a meeting with NBA security. It was basically a meeting to give us warnings about pickpockets and to be careful where we went at night … stuff like that for our own safety reasons.

Then we took a bus to the University of East London for practice. Because they drive on the other side of the road and their signs look different, it was a little weird at first. We practiced for about an hour, a regular shooting practice. We didn’t do too much since we had just come off of a six-hour flight. It was only 4 or 5 p.m. when we got back to the hotel, so we had a good bit of time to do what we wanted. Most of us showered, ate and went straight out again.

My sister and I walked around, ate dinner, enjoyed the night. We had dinner with some teammates at a place called Gaucho, which is supposed to be one of the best steakhouses over there. I’m not a big steak guy, but I thought it was pretty good. Everybody else loved it, so I guess it was very good! We all went out to various spots after dinner and met up at some point, which was a lot of fun.

On Wednesday, we had a 10 a.m. practice at the O2 Arena, where we were playing the next day, and the same place where the Olympic basketball teams competed last summer. We did some shooting, scrimmaging, reviewed scouting reports. Then all of us had a 30-minute interview session with the London media. Our Detroit media guys were there also. After that, me and some teammates — Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Austin Daye — participated in an NBA Cares event with kids. There were four different stations of basketball drills set up on the court for the kids to go through. I was at the fitness station with Andre and James White from the Knicks. It was good to see the smiles on the kids’ faces; you could tell they were enjoying themselves and happy to be there. Then we went back to the hotel, and since we were all exhausted, most of us crashed and spent the rest of the day sleeping.

Then it was game day on Thursday. I got up, went to shootaround, and had some time that afternoon (before the game) to do some sightseeing. My sister and I went to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Bridge, a popular London shopping center called Harrods. I didn’t buy anything there. My favorite place was Buckingham Palace; knowing the history behind it, that was pretty cool.

The game was exciting – a sold out event! The fans were excited, and it was a great atmosphere in there! They were a little different than American NBA fans because during the game, for the most part, they were kind of quiet. When anybody scored, they got loud and crazy. It was a lot of fun, but I wish we could have gotten the win, wish we could have pulled it out. We had a slow start and when we tried to get back into it, we were a little bit too late. After the game, we had a reception with the Pistons and Knicks players and coaches, some NBA staff and fans that had special passes to get in. Then it was time to go back to the hotel, pack up and enjoy our last night in London. It was cool because players form both teams saw each other out at night.

Overall, the experience was really great and all positive — except for the loss of course! To play an NBA game in a different country and see the game of basketball growing like that, it was awesome! You can tell the fans over there love the NBA game. We got back to Detroit around 1 p.m. on Friday and I’m feeling good!

Hope you enjoyed my play-by-play of our trip to London! Have a great week! Oh, and don’t forget to check me out on Twitter @Khris22m.

Khris Middleton is a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas A&M. He was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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As All-Star Pranks Go, This Is Pretty Good Greg Monroe

by Micah Hart

All-Star games are a chance for everyone to get their shine one. If the outcome is no longer in doubt, as was the case in Friday night’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, then it’s really time to have some fun. At least, that’s what John Wall figured. Greg Monroe? He had other ideas:

That’s some first-class hating right there. And also hilarious. Don’t feel too bad for Wall though — he still managed to get a few highlights in:

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