Before the arrival of "Magic" Johnson there was another "Magic" -- "Black Magic," also known as "Earl the Pearl." He was Earl Monroe, a dazzling ballhandler and one-on-one virtuoso who made crowds gasp with his slashing drives to the hoop. Monroe joined the NBA in 1967 and parlayed his talents into a distinguished 13-year career. He was part of a changing of the guard in the NBA, arriving at a time when high scorers like Dave Bing and Jerry West were showing that the backcourt could rack up points just as effectively as the center position. more...
Full Name: Vernon Earl Monroe Born: 11/21/44 in Philadelphia High School: John Bartram (Philadelphia) College: Winston-Salem (N.C.) Drafted by: Baltimore Bullets, 1967 (second pick overall) Transactions: Traded to New York, 10/10/71
Nickname: The Pearl Height: 6-3; Weight: 190 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1990); NBA champion (1973); All-NBA First Team (1969); NBA Rookie of the Year (1968); NBA All-Rookie Team (1968); Four-time NBA All-Star (1969, '71, '75, '77); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)