Greg Monroe returned to The Palace on Friday night for the first time since he signed a $50 million free agent contract with the Milwaukee Bucks during the summer, a 102-95 loss.
I wasn't there and didn't hear introductions, but I have seen in various places that Monroe received a mixture between cheers, Mooooooose calls, and boos. Despite it being kind of hard to tell the difference between Mooooooooo-se and Boooo while it's being yelled out at different times, supposedly the boos were the loudest.
Monroe was asked after the game if it bothered him (quote via MLIVE):
"Not at all. Fans will be fans. There's nothing you can do about it."
NYCDAT! Close enough anyway. Obviously a subliminal message to DBB that he knows it wasn't us, because Moose did not deserve boos in his first game back. He was the best player on one of the worst teams in the NBA for years and kept a lot of Pistons fans interested during some dark times. He did not deserve boos.
As I'm typing this, a comment popped up on the MLIVE post that says Monroe was a very selfish player in Detroit... Upon closer look it was from someone with the handle drunkenmonkeypaw. General rule of soberhumanthumb: Don't read MLIVE comments.
But seriously, I understand there are Pistons fans who liked Moose and there are Pistons fans who did not like him as a player, but I don't like to see ignorant fans labeling him as selfish. By all the accounts I've heard and read, he was a consummate teammate, and in the end, he handled a mutual parting about as well as you can expect given all the leaks and rumors from random sources and hot pockets. You don't have to like him as a player, I did and I know a lot of others on this site who did, but you can't call him selfish without looking foolish. I would guess those were the drunken animals booing him on Friday night.