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Earl the Pearl: My Story

Format:  Hardcover,

414 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Apr 2013

ISBN-13: 9781609615611

ISBN-10: 1609615611

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Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is a basketball legend whose impact on the game transcends statistics, a player known as much for his unorthodox, "playground" style of play as his championship pedigree. Observers said that watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling freefloating
improvisations. "I don't know what I'm going to do with the ball," Monroe once admitted, "and if I don't know, I'm quite sure the guy guarding me doesn't know either."

Traded to the New York Knicks before the 1971-72 season, Monroe became a key member of the beloved, star-studded 1972-73 Knicks team that captured the NBA title. And now, on the 40th anniversary of that championship season--the franchise's last--Monroe is finally ready to tell his remarkable story.

Written with bestselling author Quincy Troupe ("Miles, The Pursuit of Happyness") "Earl the Pearl" will retrace Monroe's life from his upbringing in a tough South Philadelphia neighborhood through his record-setting days at Winston-Salem State, to his NBA Rookie of the Year season in 1967, his tremendous years with the Baltimore Bullets and ultimately his redemptive, championship glory with the New York Knicks. The book will culminate with a revealing epilogue in which Monroe reflects on the events of the past 40 years, offers his insights into the NBA today, and his thoughts on the future of the game he loves.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Apr 2013
ISBN-13: 9781609615611
ISBN-10: 1609615611
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 414
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.44 x 1.33 x 9.0

Chapter outline

Foreword
Prologue
Growing Up in South Philly: 1944 to 1959
Early Life in South Philly
Coming of Age, Junior High School, and My Introduction to Basketball: 1956 to 1959
High School Years: 1959 to 1962
Stepping on the Gas: Running Over Potholes on the Road to Glory
Becoming a Star in South Philly: The Turning Point, Summer 1962
A Lost Year: 1962 to 1963
Lessons from My First Year at Winston-Salem: 1963 to 1964
Reuniting with My Father: Summer 1964
Reaching for Stardom in My Sophomore Year: 1964 to 1965
Becoming "Black Jesus" in My Junior Year: 1965 to 1966
Becoming "Earl the Pearl" in My Senior Year and the Pan American Games Debacle: 1966 to 1967
My Hunger for NBA Respect and a Championship Ring
A Paradigm Shift in Pro Basketball: My Rookie Year, 1967 to 1968
Pressing Pedal to the Metal, Full Speed Ahead: 1968 to 1969
Reaching for the Dream of an NBA Championship: 1969 to 1970
The Pain of Getting Close But No Cigar: 1970 to 1971
Leaving Baltimore and Going to Play for the "Enemy": 1971 to 1972
The Death of My Mother and the NBA Holy Grail: 1972 to 1973
Epilogue: My Take on NBA Basketball and the Future of the Game
Acknowledgements
Index

Book description

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is a basketball legend whose impact on the game transcends statistics, a player known as much for his unorthodox, “playground” style of play as his championship pedigree. Observers said that watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling freefloating

improvisations. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with the ball,” Monroe once admitted, “and if I don’t know, I’m quite sure the guy guarding me doesn’t know either.”

Traded to the New York Knicks before the 1971–72 season, Monroe became a key member of the beloved, star-studded 1972–73 Knicks team that captured the NBA title. And now, on the 40th anniversary of that championship season—the franchise’s last—Monroe is finally ready to tell his remarkable story.

Written with bestselling author Quincy Troupe ( Miles, The Pursuit of Happyness) Earl the Pearl will retrace Monroe’s life from his upbringing in a tough South Philadelphia neighborhood through his record-setting days at Winston-Salem State, to his NBA Rookie of the Year season in 1967, his tremendous years with the Baltimore Bullets and ultimately his redemptive, championship glory with the New York Knicks. The book will culminate with a revealing epilogue in which Monroe reflects on the events of the past 40 years, offers his insights into the NBA today, and his thoughts on the future of the game he loves.

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