Greg Monroe, all grown up

Greg Monroe’s on-court improvement since last season has been marginal, but he’s clearly grasping off-court responsibilities like how to deal with the media.

Last week, Monroe had back-to-back home comings. First, the Pistons played at Washington, where he attended Georgetown. Then, they played at New Orleans, where Monroe grew up.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Shortly after he left the New Orleans Arena court following the Pistons’ morning shoot-around, he grabbed the microphone from Fox Sports Detroit reporter Ryan Field and started rattling off the pat answers a player gives when asked about homecomings.

• "No, it doesn’t feel different playing back at home."

• "Yes, I did go to my mother’s house and get something to eat."

• "Aaaaanddddd, I will have a lot of people here to support me."

I understand Monroe’s frustration, but when the Pistons visit New Orleans next season, he’ll get the same questions. The beat writers have inches to fill, and this is a seemingly good/easy way to do it. And Monroe probably won’t reflect on any deeper emotions about coming home, so that’s what the reporters are left with.

Maybe next year Monroe can at least share what his mother made him to eat, though.

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