Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Greg Monroe Suspended Two Games

According to Brendan Savage of MLive.com, Pistons F/C Greg Monroe will miss the first two games of this season after an arrest for driving while visibly impaired.  The news became available today after a league announcement, and you can read statements from the Pistons and Monroe in Savage's article.  The two games that Monroe will miss are on October 29th at Denver and on October 30th in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.  This is the latest in a series of moves that have certainly endeared Monroe further to the Pistons fanbase...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Greg Monroe Officially Signs Qualifying Offer

As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Friday, Greg Monroe has officially signed the Qualifying Offer from the Pistons.  According to Eric Pincus of the LA Times, he really signed it on Wednesday, there was just a delay in the news leaking.  He'll  make $5.5 million dollars this season and for that reason you really shouldn't feel bad for him.  The other reason you shouldn't feel bad for him (and for some reason, people do) is that he just really doesn't want to be in Detroit.  He hasn't said as much, but that's the direction that all the signs point in.  If he wanted to be here, a deal would have been finalized by now.  While Monroe is a solid, mostly reliable offensive player, his impending loss is not one that will somehow derail any rebuilding effort.  It would be nice to have him, it would not be nice to pay him $60M+ over the next four years.  If he can find that somewhere else, I'll tip my hat to him.  If you want my opinion on how things will play out from here, you can click on this LINK, opinion starts around the beginning of the third paragraph.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 FIBA World Cup Preview

Links:  Pre-Camp Breakdown; FIBA website

It was announced late last Friday night that Pistons C Andre Drummond had made the final cut and will travel as part of the 12-man Team USA roster to the FIBA World Cup in Spain.  Group play begins on Saturday, August 30th and the US will open action with a relatively easy matchup against Finland.  Before we get into the breakdown of what to watch for, what to expect and what kind of role Andre Drummond might play, here's a look at Team USA's roster and the teams participating in this year's FIBA World Cup:
Team USA Roster
PG
Derrick Rose
Kyrie Irving

SGSteph CurryKlay Thompson
SFJames HardenDeMar DeRozan
PFRudy GayKenneth FariedMason Plumlee
CAnthony DavisDeMarcus CousinsAndre Drummond
*In bold is my estimate of the starting lineup

2014 FIBA World Cup Groups (World Rank)
Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Spain (2)Argentina (3)USA (1)Lithuania (4)
France (8)Greece (6)Turkey (7)Australia (9)
Brazil (10)Croatia (16)New Zealand (19)Slovenia (13)
Serbia (11)Puerto Rico (17)Dominican Rep. (26)Angola (15)
Iran (20)Phillipines (34)Finland (39)Mexico (24)
Egypt (46)Senegal (41)Ukraine (45)Korea (31)