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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 free-floating 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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EARL MONROE is one of the greatest and most beloved players in basketball history. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and named to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list in 1996, Monroe left an indelible stylistic mark on the game of basketball. He lives in New York City.

QUINCY TROUPE is the author of seventeen books including "Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis" (with jazz legend Miles Davis) and "The Pursuit of Happyness" (with Chris Gardner), which was a "New York Times" bestseller for 40 weeks. He lives in New York City.


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  • Verlag: Rodale (23. April 2013)
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Great player, terrible book 23. Juli 2013
Von Marsmadness - Veröffentlicht auf
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Earl Monroe is my all-time favorite player, and as such I was excited to see he had finally written a biography. Unfortunately, this book was a let-down in so many ways.

As mentioned in other reviews, it is written in a conversational tone, fill with many cliches and verbal crutches. Also, the editing is terrible ("Larry Byrd" (sic).). It is lacking many details, such as names and places. Very little about Earl's children, other than the fact that he had many by several different mothers, and Earl really didn't think that was a big deal, justified since he stayed single so fathering children with multiple women was ok. He seems to have little or no involvement in his children. If he did, he didn't bother to write about it.

It seems he or the author looked up a few basic details about games and seasons to fill pages, but no real insight into anything beyond the numbers. Zero insight into anything after the 1973 championship season, and nothing about his life after basketball.

I agree with one of the other reviewers, it seems like this was just an effort to cash in without putting much effort into creating an insightful book about one of the most exciting and creative players ever. What he DID write exposed things I wish that I never learned about one of my childhood idols.

If you too are an Earl Monroe fan, DON'T read this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A welcomed autobiography of one of the NBA's greatest players 1. Juni 2013
Von Barry Sparks - Veröffentlicht auf
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New York Knicks great Bill Bradley said, "There has never been a basketball player like Earl Monroe. He wasn't the quickest guy or overpowering physically, but he was uniquely a great player. What set him apart was his control of the ball, his sense of the court and his uncanny ability to judge the distance between him and anyone who could block his shot. He made things happen with the ball that defied explanation."

Earl Monroe, who was in the prime before the days of ESPN, was one of the most exciting players ever to play in the NBA. His game, honed on the playgrounds of Philadelphia, heavily influenced others and thrilled crowds.

More than a showman, Monroe was named Rookie of the Year as a Baltimore Bullet and made the All-Star Team four times. He helped the New York Knicks to a world championship in 1972-73. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996.

I was fortunate to have seen Earl Monroe play for the Baltimore Bullets at the Baltimore Civic Center from 1967-1971 when I was a student at Towson University. I was an Earl Monroe fan, and over the years I have read a lot about him. What has always been lacking, however, is information about his days growing up in Philadelphia and his career at Winston-Salem State College.

The strength of Monroe's biography is his willingness to discuss these two subjects in great detail. He spends 80 pages on his childhood and another 80 pages on his career at Winston-Salem. Earl gives great insight into his early years, discussing his mother, who was the driving force in his life growing up, his friends and neighbors. He worked hard to improve his game in high school, striving to surpass those who were better than he was. A poor student at Bartram High School, Earl had limited basketball scholarship opportunities. Although he later found out that his high school coach had withheld several offers from him. Earl planned to play with the Philadelphia entry in the American Basketball League, but the league folded.

Earl says the turning point in his life came when he beat Matt Jackson, who had been the leading Philadelphia high school scorer and attended South Carolina State, in a highly touted playground match up. His reputation and notoriety soared, and he said, "Things would never be the same."

At Winston-Salem, Earl led the team to a 31-1 record as a senior and paced the nation in scoring with 41.5 points per game. Winston-Salem became the first black college to win the NCAA Division II championship and Earl was named tournament MVP and Division II Player of the Year.

Ironically, Earl was not selected for the Pan-American team in May of 1967. Earl called his omission a "racist decision." He said Coach Jim Gudger, "Didn't like my style of play. It was too street, too playground, too black." Earl writes, "Not making the Pan-Am team hurt a lot, left a scar that lasts to this day. The incident changed me fundamentally. It made me more aware of what I did as a black man and how the country treated blacks. It turned me from a pacifist to an activist."

Selected No. 2 in the 1967 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets (behind Jimmy Walker of Providence College), the naive Monroe signed a two-year contract for a total of $39,000 without reading it or negotiating (he had no agent). In the meantime, Walker and Bill Bradley were signing contracts worth many times more.

Bullet coach Gene Shue embraced Earl's style of play and encouraged him to take control of the game. As a rookie, Earl averaged 24.3 points per game and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Describing his play, Earl said, "I played like a musician plays an instrument in a freestyle jazz solo type of way."

The following season, the Bullets drafted Wes Unseld and the club fashioned a 57-25 record, the best in the NBA. Unseld, Monroe, Gus Johnson, Kevin Loughery, Jack Marin, Ray Scott and the other Bullets, however, were ousted in the playoffs by the New York Knicks, who were fast becoming their main rival. The Knicks knocked the Bullets out of the playoffs in seven games the following year. Monroe had surgery on both knees that summer. The Bullets got their revenge in 1970-71 when they beat the Knicks in seven games in the playoffs. They were swept in four straight in the championship series, however, by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Early in the 1971-72 season, Earl forced the Bullets to trade him. Surprisingly, he was traded to the Knicks, who already had superstar Walt Frazier in the backcourt. Despite a lot of doubters, Earl blended his game to fit the Knicks' more controlled "hit-the-open-man" philosophy. He was no longer the franchise player he had been with the Bullets. Earl's quest for a NBA championship was fulfilled in 1973 when the Knicks beat the Lakers for the title. Although he played seven more seasons with the Knicks, he concludes the account of his career after the 1973 season.

The final 45 pages of the book are an epilogue of Earl sharing his thoughts on the game and the greatest players. There are few surprises here. Perhaps most interesting is the list of people he believes should be in the Basketball Hall of Fame--Bob Love, Bob Dandridge, JoJo White, Bernard King and Coach John McLendon.

While Earl Monroe's autobiography is a welcomed addition, it would have benefited from a more in-depth discussion of his playing career. He covers just two of his nine years with the Knicks, allotting 70 pages, many of which, however, focus on his love life, which he seems very willing to discuss. He dismisses the Bullets 1971 championship series against the Bucks in two pages, and the Knicks' 1973 championship series against the Lakers in seven pages. There is no strategy, turning points or insights offered. Game accounts are dry and lifeless.
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Von Rick Shaq Goldstein - Veröffentlicht auf
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Earl Monroe came to the NBA by way of South Philly... through Winston-Salem State... becoming not only one of the greatest players in NBA history... but surely becoming one of the most exciting players... in a unique and different way... than simply excitement. Though excitement can be defined in many ways... just like the beat of a song can be described... but... a- smooth- free-flowing-jazz-jam-session-... is almost impossible to describe... after the fact. You had to be there in order to be swallowed up in its one-of-a-kind-soul- immersing- stupefying-splendor!... And that was what it was like to witness one of Earl-The-Pearls magical moves at full tilt in a basketball game. Earl would say many times... how can the defensive player know what I'm going to do... if I don't even know... as I'm doing it!

Earl's early life is told in a kind of haltingly... described manner... that perhaps could have been written in a smoother style. The phrase "you know"... "you know what I mean"... "know what I mean"... "you know"... is used literally between fifty-to-eighty times in the first hundred or so pages. (I tried to ignore it after that.) Earl had a Mother he loved with all his heart... a Father that disappeared for years out of his life... and of whom Earl told his friends was dead... and a cast of Grandmother... aunts... and cousins... that were every type of criminal... from the numbers rackets... to gang members... to one cousin that according to Earl stood (I believe?) on top of a vehicle spraying machine gun fire everywhere. Note: "I believe"... is also a term that Earl uses quite often in describing things from the past.

Earl describes many different sides of prejudice... and being the way things were during the sixties in America... every day brought a different angle that prejudice may affect a human being... and not just black Americans. I credit "The-Pearl" with great honesty and integrity when he also quite clearly describes some of the worst prejudice being black on black... based on the darkness or lightness of your skin color.

When Earl was young he liked other sports as well as basketball... in fact one of his greatest childhood sports moments was seeing Willie Mays' classic over the shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. But when Earl decides that basketball is his life's passion... everything in his world is dedicated to being the best. I should correct that... as he still had a passion for clothes, partying and women. In fact... I wish he would have shared a little less regarding his sex-life between the ages of eight and eleven.

His years at Winston-Salem-State playing for the infamous coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines... gives great detail as to the finishing touches of "The-Pearl"...coming to fruition as a one-of-a-kind-force-to-be-reckoned-with on the hardwood. Note: potential readers who are true old school fans... will get a kick out of a few of the other nicknames Earl picked up along the way... including:...*THOMAS EDISON*... "because of the way I invented moves and stuff out on the court."

"The-Pearl's" subsequent climb to basketball greatness is adorned with all the names such as Gus Johnson...the original backboard shattering high flier... who was one of my idols growing up... and of course all the names on all of the jersey's hanging in the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Earl of course, as history shows... proved the pundits wrong by teaming up poetically in the Knicks' backcourt with Clyde Frazier... while only needing one ball.

From the cover picture with Monroe starting to swoop down court with "Mr. Clutch"... Jerry West in pursuit... to an inside picture of "The-Pearl" shooting over Wilt in an All Star game... this is a wondrous... but somewhat bumpy trip... down old-school NBA memory lane.

I could tell you more... but you would've had to have been there... to fully appreciate it. After all so much of it was magic!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen now that is a book 24. April 2013
Von MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD - Veröffentlicht auf
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this is one of those books that heavy doesn't even begin to describe it. now earl the pearl monroe was one of the greatest to ever play the game and his story off the court and growing up ain't for the faint of heart. you name it and he went through it and still kept it all together. he left a lasting impression to those who saw him create on the court and his story also speaks on overcoming so many situations. this is beyond a sports book because it touches on so many topics. very compelling to say the least.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting player, boring book 30. Juli 2013
Von V. Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
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Monroe was an entertaining player who brought vitality and magic to the game. Sadly, the book lacks those qualities. It is not writing as much as it is a transcript of his rambling chatter put to page unedited. Virtually every other paragraph includes a " you know" or other irritating speech fragments.
With Monroe's life and career, there is enough material to make for an interesting story, this book makes no effort to achieve that.
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