Larry Miller Time: The Story of the Lost Legend Who Sparked the Tar Heel Dynasty

Larry Miller Time: The Story of the Lost Legend Who Sparked the Tar Heel Dynasty by Stephen Demorest, Larry Miller 1098304624 9781098304621
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LARRY MILLER is the tough-as-nails, fun-loving, working class bad boy who in the 1960s saved young North Carolina coach Dean Smiths job by winning his first two ACC titles and a trip to the National Championship game. A two-time All American, Miller is still the only Tar Heel ever named ACC Player of the Year twice. He was also the first heartthrob of the modern ACC before moving on to become the Joe Namath of the ABA, setting the pro leagues All-Time Single Game scoring record. And then he simply disappeared.

Now, for the first time, North Carolinas foundational player shares priceless stories from the locker rooms, road trips, parties and fights of the teams that established Dean Smiths Tar Heel legacy... and from the raffish early days of modern pro basketball.

Its all here: The charm of yesteryears tiny Catasauqua, Pa., where a high school heros blue collar hunger made him the most coveted recruit in the nation... The bribes dangled by unscrupulous colleges... The mysterious pills that caused young Larry to skip his H.S. All America Award banquet... The time he risked getting thrown out of college to save a buddy... The party at Kentucky that was so wild Coach Smith threatened to yank the entire teams scholarships... The game that so impressed Pat Conroy that he later wrote in My Losing Season, I will never forget the dark fire of Larry Miller - unaware that just hours later Miller almost fell out of a thirteenth-floor window in a girls dorm... The night he upstaged Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels in concert... How Coach Smith negotiated a monster pro contract for him... Why Larry skedaddled from UNC one credit shy of graduation to escape a Duke frame-up... The flower power years in LA, playing 1-on-1 with the great Jim Brown and his staff of naked Swedish girls, dating Clint Eastwoods secretary, winning The Dating Game, and the scuttlebutt behind Wilt Chamberlains claim of bedding 20,000 women... The chaotic management of the ABA and the dark side of colorful coach Bones McKinney... Wild times with the early creators of NASCAR, and how he stole a night honoring Richard Petty... The jinxed playboy pad where Miller and others nearly died... How he outsmarted his vindictive draft board... Decades of Dean Smiths letters still coaching his most beloved and wayward player... and much, much more.

Larry Keith of Sports Illustrated calls Larry Miller Time the great untold story of Carolina basketball... a fascinating tale with an unexpected ending.

Coach Roy Williams says, Larry Miller was one of those mythical figures to me... he was one of my heroes.

Charles Scott claims, Larry was the winner who made Coach Smith a winner. Like Bill Russell started the Boston Celtics tradition, Larry Miller is the tradition that Carolina talks about. Everything starts with him.

Featuring over 40 vintage photos and original interviews with teammates Billy Cunningham, Charles Scott, Big-10 commissioner Jim Delany, Coach Williams, and many others, Larry Miller Time is a candid, immersive narrative for every follower of UNC and classic basketball lore, and a Brigadoon of Americas good old days.

Author: Stephen Demorest, Larry Miller

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 338

Publisher: BookBaby

Publication Date: 2020-09-07


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