HoopsHype Earl Monroe rumors

March 10, 2014 Updates

It’s been a tough go recently for “Earl The Pearl,” who has had six knee operations since July. But he quickly warmed to the topic of Jackson back in the Big Apple in a front-office role. The Post has reported Jackson is “real close’’ to agreeing to come back. “It would be something if he could bring this franchise back to a championship,’’ Monroe told The Post. “That would solidify his position as an all-time great — not that he isn’t already — but it would make it come full circle. New York Post

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Metta World Peace stated in a text message he has decided on wearing his father's high school number at Long Island City High - 51. World Peace had wanted to wear 15, which he donned at St. John's and the Lakers, but it's been retired by the Knicks twice for Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire. New York Post

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Truth be told, the game's stars have been trying to do the same thing for many decades. Yet, while contemporary players essentially choose between several good options, the issues facing the best players in the '70s were a little more immediate and pressing. Like, say, worrying about the Ku Klux Klan. That's not an exaggeration. As Earl Monroe explains in his new book "Earl the Pearl: My Story," the Indiana Pacers, then an ABA franchise, had expressed interest in acquiring him from the NBA's Washington Bullets in October 1971. Looking for a new team as the Bullets waffled on trading him, Monroe was intrigued by the offer and visited Indianapolis to get a sense of the franchise and the environment. That's when he learned it might not be a great fit. Yahoo! Sports

Earl Monroe has a new book coming out on Tuesday where he talks in detail about his career. That includes how he forced his way out of Washington to ultimately end up with the Knicks. But before New York called he almost ended up in the ABA with the Pacers, something he talks about in an excerpt from the book published on Deadspin Monday. Monroe wasn’t sold on the deal at first but started to warm up to it. There was a trade offer on the table and Monroe went to Indiana to meet the players. NBCSports.com

Earl Monroe: "So I went to the game and the Pacers won. Then, after the game, I went back to meet the Pacers’ players in the locker room. I liked them, too. But then, after they had showered and dressed, all the black players reached up over their lockers and starting bringing guns down. I was shocked to see this and asked, “Why do you guys have guns?” “They got Ku Klux Klan everywhere around here outside Indianapolis and in the city, too,” one of the players said. “So we got guns to protect ourselves.” NBCSports.com

April 9, 2013 Updates

The players from the 1972-73 team were honored at Friday's Knicks game and will be recalled again Sunday when MSG replays Game 5 of the '73 Finals against the Lakers -- thanks to an unlikely story of discovery and recovery. (More on that later.) Frazier lamented that the 1973 Knicks had been somewhat overlooked compared with '70 "because of the hoopla with Willis [Reed] and the way he came out in Game 7, and we won it at home." When I asked which team was better, he said without hesitation it was 1973, a deeper, more versatile squad. One of the biggest reasons was sitting beside him: Earl Monroe. The occasion was a luncheon at Frazier's restaurant, Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine, near the Garden at which the former backcourt mates watched parts of that title-clinching 102-93 victory at the Forum on May 10, 1973. Both men acknowledged it was a somewhat surreal experience to watch their far younger selves sometimes play less well than memory suggested, but well enough to dethrone the defending champs. Said Monroe: "When you think back on the game, you don't [remember] all the mistakes that were made . . . But the reason we won is we just had better players." Newsday

March 26, 2012 Updates

Share some of the benefits you’ve realized from adjusting your lifestyle. Did you discover new food favorites? New ways to exercise? Earl Monroe: I have started to enjoy a better way of life with my eating habits and now have more energy to do the things that I enjoy. MerckDiabetes.com is a great resource with tips on physical activity and healthy restaurant choices, my favorite diabetes-friendly and heart-healthy recipes, and information on the basics of diabetes management: blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol control, which can help reduce risk for heart disease. Is there a psychological component to living with diabetes? It’s a condition that would seem to consume some with worry. At first I was worried about my diagnosis with diabetes, but once I talked with my doctor, I found that I could live with diabetes and still enjoy life by taking small steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Memphis Flyer

January 13, 2012 Updates

Earl Monroe underwent successful back surgery on Tuesday. It was a grueling, acutely delicate 10-hour procedure. Numerous vertebrae were damage — almost beyond repair. The lead doctor said he never had operated on an outwardly sturdy person whose spinal column was so messed up. It’s going to be extensive, excruciating recovery. Thank you for keeping Earl in your prayers. New York Post

January 10, 2012 Updates

Earl Monroe’s oddball dribbling and spin-dry cycle gave everybody fits, of course, but “what people don’t realize,” Taylor told me centuries ago following a Baker League-Rucker Tournament summer all-star game at Fordham, “is how hard he hits when he backs into you. He hurts. And while your body is still stiffened up, he uses it to pivot around you and ad-lib.” Sadly, the thousands upon thousands of abrupt stops, painful rear-enders and wicked twists — in addition to external and internal pressure to play injured, the mindset of the times when jobs were scarce and money was scant — on the toll road ravaged Monroe’s body. New York Post

Today, the 67-year-old original “Magic,” “Pearl” and “Black Jesus” will undergo his 30th sobering surgical procedure, approximates Marita Green. “This will be his fifth on his back and neck area,” said his wife, indicating he will need at least a couple more. “He’s also had five hip replacements. Amazingly, his knees were never operated on, but he told me the other day they’re starting to bother him.” New York Post

October 18, 2011 Updates

In the backseat of a taxi on the day the trade was announced, Phil Jackson -- whom Mike Riordan had introduced to "blue-collar New York" -- told Bill Bradley he had doubts the experiment would work. Bradley, a fan of Monroe's going back to their summer league shootout in Philadelphia, told him he was nuts. "Earl will fit right in," Bradley said. "He's a hell of a player." When Abe Pollin finally agreed to the deal that sent Monroe to New York, Monroe was shocked. He was intrigued by the idea of seeing his act on the Garden stage, if a little concerned about how it would play. Larry Fleisher told him not to worry: his ship had come in, with a new contract that would be worth about $200,000 a season for three years, with an option for a fourth. ESPN.com

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