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Stan Van Gundy: “I Love Greg Monroe”

Stan Van Gundy wants to keep his frontcourt together.

It seems like a foregone conclusion Greg Monroe won’t be in Detroit after free-agency.

New Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is saying not so fast my friend.

 “I love Greg Monroe,” he said — but he couldn’t predict exactly what would happen in restricted free agency and his situation was “up in the air.”

The pairing of Monroe and Drummond isn’t ideal, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but Van Gundy likes the duo more than he originally thought.

“I think it is an ideal pairing,” he said. “If I look at just the film I’ve watched now and looking at the numbers, you would say that Greg and Andre together were great offensively. That was a great combination on the offensive end of the floor, especially when the three guys around them were shooters – more conventional perimeter types. That worked very, very well. Now, it didn’t work very well defensively. I think it puts a lot of responsibility on Greg Monroe to have to guard out on the perimeter.

“But I think there are things we can do in terms of schemes and things that would make it a little easier on Greg to make that unit better defensively and then take advantage of the offensive end of the floor.”

Maybe Monroe stays in the motor city after all?