Earl Monroe Rumors
Chenier will be the fifth player in franchise history to have his number retired, joining Earl Monroe (No. 10), Elvin Hayes (No. 11), Gus Johnson (No. 25), and Wes Unseld (No. 41). Of note, Chenier played with all four of those Bullets legends, making it even more appropriate that he will join them up in the rafters. “It was really kind of a numbing kind of effect,” Chenier said of the way Beal revealed the news to him. “I think I did ask him [Beal] at one point, ‘Are you serious?’” “I almost started crying because I can only imagine how he feels, and how much hard work he put into the game,” Beal said about the experience. “A lot of people don’t understand how much he meant to us as a team.”
Monroe was grateful for a program unanimously approved by the Players Association, a program that will provide health care for former players and will be funded by current players at a cost of $12 million-to-$14 million annually. “He and I were both getting an award,” Roberts said. “He turned and thanked me, thanked the players through me for this. He said that within the context of sharing with the audience that he alone had had 43 surgeries.” Well, that was not quite true. Upon recount, Monroe said it’s actually 47 surgeries.
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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.