Greg Monroe claims Rookie of the Year voting won’t motivate him


SECAUCUS, New Jersey – Maybe Greg Monroe’s snub in Rookie of the Year voting won’t motivate him after all.

Shortly after the NBA released results, which had him sixth, Monroe tweeted:

S….m….h….

MOTIVATION! And no i aint talkn bout the song!

I asked Monroe about those tweets, just to check whether they referred to Rookie of the Year voting. Keep in mind, they came in the midst of myself and several other NBA writers discussing the just-released results.

“Oh, no,” Monroe said. “Not at all. It’s a song, actually.”

Really? Didn’t you specifically say you weren’t referring to the song?

“Oh, uh, nah, it was probably something different,” Monroe said between pauses. “I just tweet a lot of random stuff. I don’t really get caught up in the voting things.”

Believable explanation? I guess, that’s up to you to decide.

But what motivates Monroe isn’t as important as him being motivated to improve. Thankfully, unlike the apparently offensively focused Pistons, Monroe seems like he also has defense in mind this summer.

“I think I need to get better at both of them, and that’s what I’m focusing on,” said Monroe, who’s been working out in Louisiana and will head to Washington D.C. in July.

Perhaps, that’s just the cliché answer and doesn’t accurately represent Monroe’s plans. Pressed a little further, he said he’s working on everything: “getting stronger, jump shot, just my whole skillset.”

I like that item he listed first a great deal and the second item will certainly help, too.