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Greg Monroe on US Select Team: ‘I should have been invited’

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Monroe on not making US Select Team: "I am just a little bit disappointed. Some people might not think it, but I honestly felt I (cont).

"should have been invited." #Pistons #summerleague

"I don’t forget anything. Anything. I remember what people said from high school so I don’t forget anything. It always motivates me."

I like this Greg Monroe more than the one who said his sixth-place finish in Rookie of the Year voting wouldn’t motivate himdespite tweets that seemed to say the opposite. At the time, I saw Monroe as a young player afraid to rock the boat, even though he disagreed with the establishment’s opinion of him. Now, Monroe sounds assertive and confident in his place in the league. To me, that’s positive progress.

If it’s any consolation, Monroe might have passed DeMarcus Cousins, who apparently failed to impress as a member of the select team. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo, via Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk, on Cousins:

“Show respect to players, and you get respect back,” Colangelo said. “He needs to mature as a person, as a player if he’s going to have an outstanding NBA career. So before there’s discussion about him being part of our program, he has a lot of building to do…

“He has a lot of growing up to do.”

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