Earl The Pearl: My Story

Legendary Groove Phi Groove member and Basketball Hall of Famer Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is a sports superstar whose flair and impact on the game transcends statistics. Known as much for his “playground” style of play as his championship pedigree, his game was the perfect combination of pure athletic ability and showmanship. Now, 40 years after helping lead the New York Knicks to their last NBA title, “Black Magic” tells his amazing story in his memoir, Earl the Pearl: My Story.

In the book, written in collaboration with Quincy Troupe, the bestselling collaborator on Miles Davis’ autobiography, Miles, and Chris Gardner’s memoir, The Pursuit of Happyness, Monroe retraces the events of his remarkable life from the playgrounds of South Philadelphia to his record-setting days at Winston-Salem State (including several pages reminiscing about his experiences as a Swanxsman) to his much celebrated days with the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets and New York Knicks.

Along the way, Monroe describes the highs and lows of his journey, including brushes with racism and the Ku Klux Klan, his awakened social consciousness during the civil rights movement, and his redemptive triumph as a member of the 1973 Knicks. More than the typical, bland athlete-authored memoir, Earl The Pearl is an unfailingly honest portrait of a complex man whose improvisational artistry on the basketball court made him the hero of millions.

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“I, like hoop fans everywhere, have hoped to get my hands on Earl’s life story and now it’s finally here as told by the master himself. The Pearl’s story is something every basketball fan should read. I know hoop fans everywhere are smiling.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Earl Monroe was an unconventional type of player who came out of the Philly playgrounds. He was great at creating stuff—the spin move, the double pump—and he was deceptively quick. I enjoyed playing against him because he was unpredictable and could challenge you in so many different ways. He definitely could affect the outcome of a game.” — Oscar Robertson

“Earl Monroe was a special basketball player, a true original on and off the court, and a real student of the game. I would have loved to have played with him.” — Patrick Ewing

“Earl the Pearl was simply music on the basketball court. Every time we watched him play on TV, our bodies would shake in accordance with his rhythm. This is a truly wonderful, soulful, funny book. So cool. Just like the Pearl.” — Chuck D of Public Enemy

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