Greg Monroe, the man who once inherited Dennis Rodman’s number 10, left the team after a month in China.
A number of Chinese media reported that “Sanxi’s foreign player Monroe has left the team.” Monroe received a notice from Shaanxi on the 18th that the contract renewal was not possible.
Monroe was such a great player that he got permission from Rodman to continue using the permanently retired number 10 during his past Detroit Pistons days. With a height of 208 cm, he showed a heavy presence under the goal. His defensive weakness was obvious, but he showed off his outstanding skills to the extent that he was once a starting pitcher. He played in 646 NBA career games and averaged 13.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals.
Detroit was the beginning and end of a golden age. After that, he played for several teams and stayed in the NBA, and after advancing to Germany and Russia, he returned, but eventually lost competitiveness and left for China.
The problem is that even in China, Monroe was not a main player. The third foreign player on the team after Ace Kay Felder and Sonny Weems, he recorded 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in an average of 12 minutes in 9 appearances. Although the performance was decent compared to the playing time, Shaanxi no longer wanted Monroe after his country’s players returned from injury.
Even in the early days of entering China, Monroe is said to have been praised as the ‘God of Scoring’ by Shaanxi fans. In his debut game against Tianjin, he recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes and 32 seconds, leading to a 93-91 victory. He even scored a nice hook shot in clutch situations. This is the content that explains why Monroe was praised.
However, the good atmosphere did not continue as it was. It is said that there was an atmosphere that domestic players who could fill Monroe’s position returned, and that Shaanxi, which had two foreign players, did not want a third foreign player anymore. In the end, Monroe had to receive news from Shaanxi that he could not be together after the guaranteed contract period. 안전놀이터
Shaanxi did not give Monroe much playing time. It seems that he hoped to get a lot of results in a short period of time, as if his performance in his debut match was impressive. Monroe received as little as 3 minutes over 9 games, averaging around 12 minutes. After the return of the 212cm main center Ge Zhao Bao, the playing time, which was already small, gradually decreased.
Monroe recorded 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists against Zhejiang Guangxia, where he received 31 minutes of playing time, so there is no question mark about his skills. It can be seen that his jagged playing time eventually led to sluggish results. As Shaanxi is a Felder-centered team, there is also a point of view that it was not possible to focus on Monroe.
It is difficult for Monroe, who is in her mid-30s, to show off her top-level skills in the US and Europe. However, he can still show good form in Asia. His playing time and his record prove this.