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Earl Monroe states obvious: Chris Paul would fit with Knicks

May 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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Stunning revelation: Probably the best Knicks point guard ever thinks arguably the best point guard in the game today would be a good fit with the Knicks.

We’re big fans of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe — the one interview I’ve done where my father was thrilled I was doing it — and he spoke for pretty much every Knicks fan telling the New York Post he thinks CP3 would be a good fit.

“I’m quite sure he would relish being in the Big Apple,” said Monroe, who coached the New York City team vs. L.A. in yesterday’s inaugural People’s Games at Union Square. “He can handle this pressure. Obviously he’s one of the premier point guards in the league. To add that with what you already have, you got the real nucleus to having something special happen closer than in four years.”

Much like Dwight Howard, speculating about where Paul will land is futile until we see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the lockout. The Knicks may well not have the cap space to sign him as a free agent after locking down Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. They are not flush with trade assets everybody wants. There are a lot of hurdles.

But yes, Paul would work well for the Knicks. I can say that about 29 other teams, too.

  1. zammael - May 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Actually Walt Frazier was the point guard or the primary ball carrier of those great 70s Knicks teams, not Earl Monroe.

  2. cordae - May 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    I’m only 20, and I know your wrong. Watch some film, a lot of it…

  3. flyers28 - May 11, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    CP3 will be in a lakers jersey along with superman. Good bye Bynum

  4. zammael - May 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Cordae, I’m not sure if you’re talking to me, but Earl Monroe was the off guard on those Knicks teams.

    He was originally a gifted all around player, but his knees and hips started to go on him in his first few years, and he became just a scorer. By the time he joined the Bullets, he was an old 23 year old with too many mileage on his knees. His game is predicated on an unconventional offensive skill-set that consists of spins, herky-jerky hesitation moves that nobody else has ever replicated. But at no point was he the primary ball carrier for his teams.

    Walt Clyde Frazier probably was lucky to be playing in the 70s, because that era fit his game the best: no 3 point line, no slash & kick, no intricate defensive gameplans, mostly strong guards imposing their will and pulling off the high post play. However, the roles of guards weren’t set in stone until the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. Prior to that you were just a guard. But after the merger, Frazier declined suddenly and couldn’t keep up with the more modern point guards like John Lucas, Norm Nixon, Gus Williams, Kevin Porter, Johnny Davis. Had Frazier played later, like in the 80s, he would’ve been a combo guard.

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