Monroe, Thompson among hoops legends

Updated: April 28, 2005, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and other basketball luminaries were among more than 1,000 people who honored coaching pioneer Clarence "Big House" Gaines at a memorial service Friday.

"This giant of a man was really a big teddy bear," Monroe said of his former coach and mentor, his voice halting. "He is responsible for so many of us, not only during our time in school, but in our lives afterward."

Monroe said he thought he was prepared to handle the passing ...

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