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Pistons’ Greg Monroe rips team after blowout loss

Mar 11, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

Lamar Odom, Greg Monroe AP

LOS ANGELES — There was a lot of frustration in the Pistons locker room after the Los Angeles Clippers ran them out of the building on Sunday night (a 129-97 Los Angeles win).

They aren’t the first team to be fodder for a Lob City highlight show, but in a good sign for the long term a few Pistons players were pissed off at their team’s lack of fight. Detroit has lost five in a row and eight of nine gems. Center Greg Monroe was blunt.

“Maybe guys don’t care, I don’t know,” Monroe said after the game. “Something has to change, this can’t continue. If you don’t want to play just say it. This has got to stop, this is unacceptable…

“If you don’t want to play, you should say something. This is unacceptable. This is going on too long. If you don’t want to be on the court, if you don’t want to give 100 percent on the court, just don’t play.”

Interim coach Brian Hill was right there with him (Lawrence Frank is away from the team dealing with his wife’s illness.)

“It was an embarrassment for us as a coaching staff and certainly an embarrassment for them as players,” Hill said.

There have been stretches this season where the Pistons have shown promise. And they could certainly use rookie Andre Drummond back in the lineup. There are some building blocks in place. But this team is a long way from competing.

One of the things it needs is a leader that holds guys accountable. Maybe Monroe can be that guy. Somebody needed to say this in Detroit, good for him to step up like this.

  1. JMClarkent - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    He needs to take that frustration to the GM’s office. Truth is, they are just not that talented.

    …on a side, Brandon Knight proved that he cared by getting destroyed – I a pretty sure that wasn’t his man.

    • totallyuselessme - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Props to Knight. That was brave as hell.

      That kid has heart, and this team is sorely lacking in it.

  2. asimonetti88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The Clippers are just a much better team than the Pistons. They do have some building blocks- I think that Monroe/Drummond have potential to be a very good frontcourt, but as the previous commenter said, they are just lacking talent. I think it may be time for the Pistons to move on from Joe Dumars as the GM. They had some good times together, but it looks like they need some fresh blood in there.

    • ryanprzy - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Nah, the time to replace Dumars was the year after he signed Gordon/Villanueva. The Pistons have re-committed to Dumars and he’s piecing the roster together again.

      What, would you rather give him the axe now and let a new GM take credit/blame for what Joe is doing now? The next correct time to fire Dumars will come not after this season but the next. That’s when we’ll know if this new rebuilding effort will be fruitful or not.

      It’s a simple-minded (to put it lightly) thing to just look at the current win-loss record to determine the state of the franchise.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        It’s not just the win-loss record, it’s more of the fact they are severely lacking in talent. They have made some questionable decisions. They have a lot of guards that they overvalue (Knight not being one of them- referring more to Stuckey, Bynum, etc.)

  3. weaselpuppy - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    They aren’t that far away….with $20-25m in cap space and a top 8 pick, they can make a huge leap next year…Monroe and Drummond could be lethal together…quick, soft hands, big mobile bodies, good passing bigs, one more focused on O, the other a defensive monster…Knight looks better as a 2 than at point, but he lacks size. Calderon at point has been effective as well…they need a bell cow scorer at the 3, big time. Bynum/Stuckey/Villanueva/Singler have been a part of the bench crew that has blown out other 2nd teams…they need another big, the big scorer at the 3 hole and to decide if Calderon is the answer (depends if they can draft Trey Burke is my guess). Next year could be a 6-7th seed in the East easy with additional upside a sthe young guys develop…

  4. fanz928 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    It’s not like monore is playing well either. Don’t put your frustration on your teammates when you’re not performing either

    • ryanprzy - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      I like Monroe’s skill set on offense, and 20 and 10 is great, but not as great when you see that his defensive assignment has 25 and 15.

      There’s been talk of giving him a max contract, and we’re in a tight spot for that reason. He’s valuable enough where we can’t afford to lose him, but we’d be crippling ourselves by giving him a max deal. Gotta be efficient against the cap.

    • progress2011 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Yep….Cause either the Pistons have a terrible rotation scheme….or Knight took one on the chin for Monroe …..cause Jordan was his man!

      So, Monroe should be eternally POSTERIZED…instead of Knight.

  5. mungman69 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Bynam? They have a Bynam that plays?

  6. abchome - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Talking doesn’t help without leading by example.

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