Posted April 24, 2013 on
TO CALL STEVE KELLEY a basketball junkie is an understatement. He was a gym rat growing up in Delaware and a fixture at 76ers-Celtics games when Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell ruled the hardwood. He fizzled as a walk on at South Carolina, but grew up to become one of the nation’s best NBA beat writers before turning himself into an award-winning columnist.

Earl Monroe Recalls Intense, ‘Fun’ Competition in Glory Days of Celtics-Knicks Rivalry

Like all kids who have access to a basketball and a hoop, a young Earl Monroe visualized himself in the shoes of the game’s greats, reliving their legendary plays and basking in imaginary glory. Monroe was different from most of the other kids playing out their fantasies on South Philadelphia playgrounds, however. Instead of emulating Paul Arizin, Tom Gola or other legendary Warriors...
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