For Monroe, ring wasn't always the thing

Pearl's Knicks band has been boxed, busted and borrowed -- but it's priceless as ever

Updated: June 13, 2011, 9:07 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It was on the corner of 88th and Columbus, outside Earl Monroe's apartment building, where The Pearl took off his 1973 New York Knicks championship ring to show it to his friend and barber, Lenny Clay.

The ring came off Monroe's finger and was in the process of being handed to Clay when the transfer went awry, the gold ring crashing to the pavement so hard that the facing flew off, leaving a hole in the middle.

The diamond from that facing would soon be gone forever, too, ...

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