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Greg Monroe is ticked he was snubbed by USA Basketball

Jul 9, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Shane Battier, Ronny turiaf, Greg Monroe AP

Pistons big man Greg Monroe is in Orlando right now, working out against recent Detroit draft pick Andre Drummond in between games of the Orlando Summer League.

Where he is not is Las Vegas as a member of the USA Select team that goes against the United States Olympic squad in practice.

He’s pretty ticked about that, he told the Detroit News.

“No disrespect to those guys, looking at the Select Team roster, I felt like I should’ve been on there,” Monroe said. “That’s just the confidence I have in myself.”

Who got an invitation to Vegas? DeMarcus Cousins got an invite and while attitude may be an issue with Cousins is probably the young big with the most potential in the NBA, so you can see that. DeJuan Blair is there. Greg Stiemsma got an invite, as did Lance Thomas of the Hornets.

I’d love to hear the argument of how he doesn’t fit in that group. He’s a good passing traditional big, there is a spot for that in the international game.

Somewhere Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are telling Monroe to use that as fuel.

“I don’t forget anything. Anything. I remember what people said in high school. It’s always motivation.”

KG just involuntarily smiled somewhere.

  1. dacapt704 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    So he’s mad that he wasnt picked to be the team that gets THRASHED by the Olympic squad in practice?? Really Greg??

    Besides…any team that has Lance Thomas and Steimsma on it doesnt sound like the selection its cracked up to be.

    Just work on ur game dude, dont sweat the small stuff homey

    • jbatta44 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      From the clips I saw, Kyrie Irving was thrashing the olympic squad

  2. miamatt - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Yes, but is he flabbergasted?

  3. censoredpost - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    15pts 10 boards and a 2pt defender in only his second yr. Monroe will get his Olympic shot next time around. Dude is a beast.

  4. thenoblefacehumper - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    At least from the quotes you provided, he doesn’t sound all that “ticked”. In fact, it seems like he’s being very respectful of the selection process. All he’s saying is he thinks he should’ve been picked. He’s right.

  5. jigga757 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    he wants an explanation like Drew Brees

  6. detroitrollin22 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Greg Monroe is the truth. In 2 years, he will be the NBA’s best PF.

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