HoopsHype Earl Monroe rumors
Still, Monroe, crazy as it sounded, was conflicted, because what he really wanted was to stay with the Bullets and get paid, too. He called Jerry Krause, who had scouted and befriended him, to vent; Krause was now working for the Bulls in Chicago. "Those bastards don't think I'll give up my game," he told Krause. "They think I'm a loser. Well, f--- them. I'm a winner. I'll give it up. Walt can get the glory, and if they need me in the fourth quarter, I'll be ready." ESPN.com
Most recently, the ring spent several years stored in a box in Monroe's closet before he and his wife dug it out to tell the stories behind it in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com. "I hadn't planned to wear it again until the Knicks won another championship, but my wife convinced me that it looked good on me and I needed to start wearing it again," Monroe said a day after the interview, when he was spotted wearing the ring at a summer programming party for MSG Network, where Monroe worked as an on-camera analyst during the Knicks' playoff loss to the Celtics in April. ESPN.com
In '73, the Knicks faced the Lakers again and the exact opposite result happened, the Knicks dropping the first game before winning the next four to give the franchise its second championship in four years. (Game 5 was Wilt Chamberlain's last in the NBA, and he scored the final two points of the series on an uncontested breakaway dunk with a second remaining). "I think the first year I wore it all the time, and then the next year only when it made sense," Monroe said of his championship ring. "I never really wore a lot of jewelry, and then I got to a point where I looked at the ring as a symbol of the team, and that's kind of how I wore it. I felt this was an accomplishment, but the accomplishment of it was for the team, and that's why I probably wear the Top 50 ring more, because that's more of an individual accomplishment." ESPN.com
Q: If you were going to start a team with one player, who would it be? Earl Monroe: I'm a LeBron [James] fan, so I'd look at LeBron. Let me just say a team that I would put together, and that would be LeBron, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and, of course, the big fella, Dwight Howard. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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