I had to write this preview. I wanted to be the one to potentially mark the end of the Greg Monroe Era in Detroit. It has been a happy era, much happier than the Allen Iverson Era, the John Kuester Era, the NYCDAT Era and the Josh Smith Era. There's not even a guarantee that Greg actually decides to jump ship, but on the off chance that does happen, I wanted to be here for it.
Where: Madison Square Moose Garden, NY
When: 51 days before Greg Monroe's birthday
Watch: Moose Sports Detroit
Exceptionally Detailed Analysis
There's really not much to say here, but I'm just trying to slip in as many Moose references as possible to increase the positive karma of our club and hopefully increase our chances at re-signing the antlered beauty. The New York Tamperers come into this matchup with a win, no less, against the pinnacle of the East, the Atlanta Hawks. Then again, the Hawks have had nothing to play for lately and have been in poor form, also evidenced by a loss at The Palace of Auburn Woodlands last week.
The Knicks are a hodgepodge of D-League talent and reputation-earned bad contracts. There's Andrea Bargnani, who comes from a country where there are no moose; Lou Amundson, who probably goes big game hunting with Jason Smith in his spare time; and Quincy Acy, who looks like he may have had dealings with moose in his Amish upbringing. Then there's Phil Jackson, a long time, well known mooseologist, whose years of study have led him to become interested in acquiring the rare breed. Luckily they're not the Buffalo Knicks -- talk about animalistic awkwardness, amirite?
In other news, Detroit had their 50th loss of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers even though I made it explicitly clear I did not want them to lose 50 games.
TRIVIA TIME!!! The Smoose Operator is third in Eastern Conference double doubles since the 2012-13 season. How many does he have, and who are the two players ranked ahead of him in that time span. Answer as always after the community question.
Players To Watch
Pistons: Greg Monroe
Knicks: Langston Galloway
Dude hit a cold-blooded three against us last time.
Last Time We Met
February 27, 2015, Knicks won 121-115 (OT) (season series 2-1 DET)
The Chosen One (Moose for the slow readers) is averaging 21 points and 13.7 rebounds against New York this season. He had 28 and 13 in this festival, but the aforementioned dude hit the aforementioned cold-blooded three.
-- Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. played collegiately for the University of Michigan from 2010-13, which is in the same state where Greg Monroe currently plays professional basketball.
-- Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway Sr. is the father of Hardaway Jr, who played college basketball in the same state, and at the same time, that Greg Monroe played professional basketball.
-- Knicks guard Jose Calderon played for the Detroit Pistons during part of the 2012-13 season with Greg Monroe.
-- Pistons forward Shawne Williams played for the New York Knicks during the 2011-12 season. He is now a useless teammate of Greg Monroe, and dreams of his good looks and stylish follicle arrangement adorning his cranium.
-- Pistons director of player development Quentin Richardson played for the Knicks from 2005-09, which is before Greg Monroe was even in the league, what an old fogie.
-- Pistons assistant coach Brendan Malone was an assistant coach with the Knicks three times (1986-88, 1996-00, 2003-04). Malone went to Iona college which is in New Rochelle NY, which, according to Google Maps, is next to Mount Vernon NY, which is where Moose's best friend, the Big Penguin, was born.
Greg Monroe 25, Rest of Useless Teammates 70
Pistons: PG Moose may or may not like, SG Moose may or may not like, guy who racks up a massive phone bill dialing the Moose at night, Moose, Moose's inter-kingdom best friend, the Penguin.
Knicks: Larkin, Galloway, Thomas, Amundson, Bargnani
Pistons: 2 PGs I think Moose DOES like (there's an idea, DON'T trade them away)
Knicks: Who really cares? (If you do care Carmelo Anthony (knee), Jose Calderon (Achilles), Bargnani (illness - he's listed as a probable starter AND he's out, well done NY PR, and you think you have Greg Monroe?), Shved (rib), Wear (back)
What is your favourite Moose memory?
TRIVIA ANSWER: Greg Monroe has 107 double doubles since 2012-13. The two above him on the list are Nikola Vucevic from Orlando (126) and some Andre Drummond bloke (look it up) (113).