With college basketball officially over, I, like many basketball junkies, have to now turn to the NBA to get my fix. Last night, I was very casually hooked up with tickets to the Pistons v. Wizards Game at the Verizon Center. I jumped at the opportunity see former Georgetown stars Greg Monroe and DaJuan Summers.
The seats were quite nice. They were in the 200 level, with a pretty splendid view, as DOCUMENTED above. I was really excited to see Greg again especially since he has become the starting center for the Pistons and has turned into a beast. He's easily the most improved rookie this season.
As expected, the NBA game was a lot more of a show than college basketball ones. The line up announcements featured great balls of fire. However, in their attempt to provide theatrics they sometimes gloss over the minor details: like how to spell the team's damn name correctly:
The "WIRZADS INTRO" (video link)
Anyway, Greg played a great game. He dominated from beginning to end. He was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Pistons from the very beginning as he scored the first 4 points of the game. He ended up with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a block. An impressive line by anyone's standards. He scored in a myriad of ways - dunking on fast breaks, 1 on 1 in the post and knocking down mid-range jumpers.
DaJuan even got into the game briefly, playing the last two minutes of the 2nd quarter. Greg meanwhile played all but five minutes of the game and basically twice as much as any other Piston. Greg is starting to look like a steal at the 7th pick. He's going to continue to improve and get more physical, but the future is incredibly bright for Greg. I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually becomes an All Star in the league.
Greg was even nice enough to comply with one of the Wizards promotions. By missing both of his 2 shots on his free throw attempt in the 4th Quarter he won everyone in the arena a free sandwich from Chick-fil-a. Thanks Greg...
Overall it was a great experience to see Greg back on the court and to take in a free basketball game. Keep up the good work Greg, keep making Hoya fans proud.