Monroe in 2013
November 21, 1944 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||John Bartram
|College||Winston-Salem State (1963â€“1967)|
|NBA draft||1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Baltimore Bullets|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
|Number||33, 10, 15|
|1971â€“1980||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
NBA champion (1973)
|Points||17,454 (18.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,796 (3.0 rpg)|
|Assists||3,594 (3.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
The game of basketball is one thing, but the image of the game is another thing.
When people ask me what I miss most about the game, it's being in the locker room and getting to know the guys. Back in those days, we had roommates. We had to talk basketball and that was a great way to understand the game itself and form those lasting relationships.
Baltimore was like a small town when I got there – the Colts, the Orioles, guys like Frank Robinson, we all knew and respected each other. Everyone would cross paths at one point at Lenny Moore's Sportsman's Lounge, trading stories and having some fun.
I started playing baseball and soccer. Those were my sports on the streets and in school when I was growing up. I didn't even start playing basketball until I was 14.
I think that any time you're able to get a guy like Carmelo Anthony to be on your team, you're going to be a step up.
Basketball for me has always been a matter of rhythm – what you do bouncing the ball, how you bounce the ball, how you run, how you receive the ball to be in rhythm.
Guys have to look up to somebody. Everybody needs to have their own role and somebody has to be the star.
I have been involved in music since 1972 when I started managing two artists from The Jimi Hendrix Band. My family has been involved in music for years, so it's kind of in my blood. I just wish I could sing!
Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don't rush. Be quick, but don't hurry.
One of my other nicknames was Thomas Edison, because I invented so many moves.
Jamal Crawford reminds me the most of myself, the way he goes to the basket. But they need leadership.