fantastic conversation with McHale and John Thompson. They both agree that Monroe needs to get stronger in his base, and needs to look to score first so that teams are forced to double team him, and THEN he can exploit his great passing ability. John Thompson has been saying that Monroe is kind of the prisoner of his great passing reputation, that he thinks he needs to live up to that - and that takes away some of the scoring mentality he needs to have. He's very unselfish and right now unselfish to a fault. He's supposedly very coachable according to Thompson, and he won't fight the people who are trying to teach him, by making them prove that they know something first. He'll assume that they're knowledgable, and that will speed up the rate that he learns and improves. McHale very impressed with Summers and Daye and JJ - and thinks the Pistons must be very happy with what they're seeing from those guys and Monroe. I didn't see enough of White to have much of an opinion. I know he's supposed to be an ubber-athlete, but during the times I've watched (I've been in and out), he's played more under control He does look like he can really shoot. Pretty obviously Monroe is a guy who can help right now, but who isn't close to a finished product. He's likely to ultimately turn into a very fine low post player, who will really help our offense. But it's going to be a development thing for him, and to me that means the Pistons are likely to struggle a lot this year, as they pin their hopes to a 20 year old talent who'll be learning a lot on the fly. Best case scenario - we start loving what we see for the future from Monroe, and we're a lotto team again and add another major presence next year in the draft; and we see Stuckey, Daye, JJ, Summers and White really take very positive steps in their development. I have VERY high hopes for Daye. I think he can become a star, although that's a couple years off. And I think Summers can play - but I'm not 100% sure he'll fit what the Pistons need. We need him to use his body and play in and around the paint. But he's an excellent long range shooter too. I'm unclear as to how to best use him.