Earl the Pearl My Story

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ISBN-13: 9781609615611
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Description: In addition to being an inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and being named to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list, Earl "The Pearl' Monroe (a.k.a. "Black Jesus') had a tremendous stylistic impact on the way the game is played at the  More...

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List price: $31.99
Publisher: Rodale Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

In addition to being an inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and being named to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list, Earl "The Pearl' Monroe (a.k.a. "Black Jesus') had a tremendous stylistic impact on the way the game is played at the professional level, an impact that has endured to the present day. A dazzling ball-handler and one-on-one virtuoso who made crowds gasp with his slashing drives to the hoop, Monroe loved to spin and twist through the paint and then launch off-balance, circus-like shots in the tradition of the Harlem Globetrotters. Observers said that watching him play was like listening to jazz; his moves resembled free-floating improvisations, riffs that took off in mid-flight and changed direction unpredictably. "The thing is, 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.' Fans and pros alike loved Monroe for his array of entertaining shots and his spectacular flair. "Put a basketball in his hands and he does wondrous things with it," said his former Coach, Gene Shue. "He has the greatest combination of basketball ability and showmanship." Former teammate Ray Scott was less circumspect when he said "God couldn't go one-on-one with Earl."Traded to the New York Knicks before the 1971-72 season, Monroe became a key member of the star-studded 1972-73 Knicks team that captured the NBA title. But unlike his four superstar teammates (Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere all were inducted into the Hall of Fame), Monroe has never written a book. Until now. Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Knicks championship season - the franchise's last - and 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 (where he averaged an astounding 41.5 points per game his senior season, leading the Rams to the NCAA Division II national championship), 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.

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

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