Ben Wallace says Greg Monroe is ready to lead the Pistons

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News has a great feature on Greg Monroe‘s emergence not only as a highly productive player, but as a vocal presence in the locker room. The article has plenty of serious stuff, such as Ben Wallace’s belief that Monroe is ready to take over as the team’s vocal leader right now, but it’s also full of entertaining quotes like this one:

Monroe considers himself diverse, and wants to be defined as more than a basketball player.

He listens to rappers Rick Ross, Drake and 2 Chainz, but also has Katy Perry on his iPod.

He’s also been caught humming the opening lyrics of Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” a song that came out nearly 20 years before Monroe was born.

The New Orleans native can’t help it sometimes, being called an old soul by just about anyone who comes around him.

“I know people say that (laughs),” said Monroe, whose nickname is “Moose”, but the one that fits slightly better is “Pa-Pa,” given to him by a girl he knew in high school in reference to his old man nature.

“I know it’s a compliment. It just comes from being where I’m from.”

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