Legendary Earl Monroe: PBAA should expand to India and Africa

monroe1PBAA Board Member and NBA Hall of Famer, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe recently met with PBAA Manager of Communications, Maya Monroe, to talk about the establishment of the organization as well the future of the PBAA.

In an interview, Monroe noted, that PBAA needs to expand more to such countries as India and China.

“Although Asia has been a primary focus for the PBAA this year, I believe 2 other fertile areas we should venture into in the future are India and Africa,” Monroe said.

“When you think of popularizing basketball by the numbers, India’s size alone would be instrumental in bringing new fans to the game. Clinics, coaching seminars and exhibition games, these areas will be a hotbed for what the PBAA does,” he explained.

“With Africa, although the NBA has seen a number of players from the continent through the year’s like Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, etc., It is still a place where the organization and players can benefit from Alumni knowledge and presence as they look to evolve into a more competitive organized sport”.

Since 2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of the last NBA champion in NY, which Monroe has been a part of, the ex-star said he’s looking forward to the current Knicks team, that are on a roll right now.

“The sky is the limit for them, they’ve been playing with confidence,” Monroe noted. “I see a lot of similarities between this team and ours, in the way each player seems to know their roll and hold themselves and teammates to task each game.”

Speaking of his work within PBAA, Monroe explained himself being an avid supporter of the organization.

“I believe in our mission in the promotion of Alumni in unique and innovative ways on a global stage and across all facets of life,” he said.

monroe2“This is such a different organization than the Retired Players Association (“RPA”) in its goals and promotion of Alumni. I felt that its creation filled an important gap in engaging untapped markets, areas ultimately creating opportunities for Alumni and putting us in a better position to make decisions about how our collective and individual brand is used to promote the game in a way that the RPA contractually can not,” he said.

Monroe expressed hope that PBAA and RPA can become associations that complement each other’s work.

“Working with Charles Smith (PBAA CEO/Chairman) over the past year, I am confident that through his leadership Alumni will continue to see tangible success.  I am looking forward to continuing to be a strong and vocal supporter of the PBAA,” he underscored.

Monroe played in 926 NBA games, averaging double figures in scoring in all but one of his seasons in the league. He holds career average of 18.8 points and 3.9 assists per game, along with 32 minutes per game.

Aside from winning an NBA championship with the New York Knicks in 1973, Monroe has also been named to the NBA All-Star games 4 times, and won the 1967-1968 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

A lot of people in the NBA, and outside of it, used to say that no one, not even today, could play Monroe one on one, in his prime.


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