NBA legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe releases autobiography

earl-monroe-bookAs a member of the Baltimore Bullets, Monroe tantalized opponents with unstoppable and inventive spin moves and an enviable ability to get off a shot anywhere on the court.

The Knickerbocker version of The Pearl was a player who sacrificed super-stardom for the betterment of the team, and a 1972-73 championship ensued because of that.

This period in Monroe’s life is just a microcosm of the events and issues he tackles in his biography Earl the Pearl: My Story, which hit bookshelves April 23, 2013.

With the prominent Rodale publishing platform and the award-winning New York Times bestselling author Quincy Troupe by his side, the now-69-year-old Monroe takes readers on a wild ride.

Former teammate and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley wrote a slam-dunk foreword, ending in the sentiment, ”The quiet man has finally spoken. It is a story worth reading, as his life has been a life worth leading.”

Maybe it’s because Earl has held these stories so close to the vest until now, or maybe it’s the conversational fashion in which he ends many sentences by saying, “You know what I mean?” but this is a book that you will not be able to put down.

Part-time astrology enthusiast and full-time Hall of Famer, Monroe more than makes up for his silence to this point, as his life’s story thoroughly satisfies and entertains.

Some hot topics include Earl’s tales of sexual promiscuity, his playground team named the “Trotters,” overcoming rampant racism, becoming “Black Jesus”, a controversial brush with joining the army, chronic knee pain that stemmed from an automobile accident in his rookie year, an unforgettable experience with angel dust, the influence that the movie Super Fly had on him and his relationship with Clyde (Walt Frazier).

For a guy whose first basket consisted of a milk crate nailed to the wooden post in a vacant lot outside Vacation Bible School, Monroe has done good, and his biography was worth the wait.

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.

/Bleacher Report/


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