Pistons forward Greg Monroe let everyone know his plans Monday night when he tweeted: "bout to watch my dude @Lil_Eazy_Ana_42 do work! #rolltide tonite. who yall got?"

Monroe, who goes by @M10OSE on Twitter, was referring to his childhood friend, Eddie Lacy.

Lacy, a junior running back, rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries in Alabama's 42-14 mashing of Notre Dame in the BCS title game. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder scored two touchdowns.

Monroe just chuckled when asked about the performance Tuesday.

"I'm very proud of him," Monroe said. "Everything I see, I've been watching him do since he was 6 years old, and that's not an exaggeration.

"The guy's been that talented for as long as I've known him."

The two grew up in the New Orleans area. Monroe lived across the street from a park, and Lacy lived behind the park. They attended the same school until Lacy relocated to the Baton Rouge area after Hurricane Katrina.

They still have the same circle of friends, so they remain in contact. Monroe said they hung out back home over the summer.

BRIEFLY: With four days between games, coach Lawrence Frank didn't conduct a formal practice Tuesday. Players arrived at the practice facility for individual work. The team returns to practice today.