Whenever a family member visits Greg Monroe, his mother always sends a taste of New Orleans.

On a recent visit by his uncle, Norman Dixon Jr., and young cousin, Norman Dixon III, the care package of choice was a genuine king cake, the sugary sweet dessert associated with Mardi Gras that usually houses a trinket of a baby representing Jesus Christ.

There has been a steady stream of relatives all season, so Norma Monroe hasn't lacked for opportunities to send something to her son.

Monroe just laughed when asked about his family Friday before the shootaround to prepare for the rookie-sophomore game, which his rookie team won.

"It's really my mother. She tries to bring something from home every time somebody comes to just give me a taste of home while I'm gone," Monroe said. "Every time she comes, there's something from New Orleans coming that way -- any family member that comes."

Not that he's complaining.

"It's always good to have family around," Monroe said. "They come as often as they can, but obviously they have their own lives. It's always good to have him.

"It was the second time around for him and both times I had a wonderful time. This time my little cousin came, so I got the chance to hang out with him a little bit and play with him a little bit on the PlayStation and have a little fun. It was good."

And he already has in mind what he wants for the next visit.