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Earl Monroe

Monroe in 2013
Personal information
Born (1944-11-21) November 21, 1944 (age 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school John Bartram
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Winston-Salem State (1963–1967)
NBA draft 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career 1967–1980
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
Number 33, 10, 15
Career history
1967–1971 Baltimore Bullets
1971–1980 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

NBA champion (1973)
4× NBA All-Star (1969, 1971, 1975, 1977)
All-NBA First Team (1969)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1968)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1968)
NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
No. 15 retired by New York Knicks
No. 10 retired by Washington Wizards

Career statistics
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.
Earl Monroe
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.
Earl Monroe
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.
Earl Monroe
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.
Earl Monroe
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.
Earl Monroe
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.
Earl Monroe
Guys have to look up to somebody. Everybody needs to have their own role and somebody has to be the star.
Earl Monroe
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!
Earl Monroe
Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don't rush. Be quick, but don't hurry.
Earl Monroe
One of my other nicknames was Thomas Edison, because I invented so many moves.
Earl Monroe
Jamal Crawford reminds me the most of myself, the way he goes to the basket. But they need leadership.
Earl Monroe
Maybe someone will step up, but they don't have anyone right now.