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Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe
Position: -
Born: 06/04/90
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Earnings: $76,550,511 ($94,727,485*)
Given my lifelong fascination with basketball abroad, this was a development I couldn’t resist highlighting: Puerto Rican teams are increasingly luring former NBA players there to continue their careers. I checked in with the foremost expert on tracking such things — HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa — and promptly learned he has a working list of 20 players with NBA experience who have signed to play in Puerto Rico this season. The most recognizable names among them: Earl Clark, Norris Cole, Ed Davis, Tyreke Evans, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe, Eric Paschall, Elfrid Payton and Hassan Whiteside.
No player’s career better illustrates that sea change than that of Newell’s former pupil Brook Lopez. First at Stanford and then with the Nets in the early 2010s, Lopez starred on the block, deploying an array of soft half hooks and bank shots. For the first eight years of his NBA career, Lopez scored 20 a game while rarely, if ever, attempting a three-pointer. “I absolutely loved posting up,” Lopez says. Then, in the summer before the ’16–17 season, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told him to start practicing his threes. That season, Lopez launched five threes a game, or two more than Larry Bird did in any year of his career. Lopez adapted and survived, but others struggled. (RIP, Greg Monroe’s NBA career.) The Warriors asked bigs not to post up but to set screens, roll and become pocket passers, preaching, “on time, on target.” Centers who couldn’t shoot became a liability—as did those who couldn’t guard on the perimeter on a switch, leaving them marooned against the likes of Trae Young and Steph Curry, launching 26-footers off the dribble. By 2019, The Ringer declared: “The Post-up Is Deader Than Dead in the NBA.”
Using overseas options and advice from Greg Monroe, former Michigan State standout Cassius Winston joined FC Bayern Munich. Winston, 24, signed a one-year contract, his new team announced Thursday. “Greg spoke highly of the Bayern organization, the people there, the program, and the constant support to help you become a better player,” he said commenting on talking with former Bayern player Greg Monroe, per the press release, roughly translated with the help of Google.
Dane Moore: Greg Monroe, in Wolves gear, gettin summertime work in. Monroe has been working out with Aaron Miller this offseason — same trainer PatBev and Vanderbilt work with in the summers.