Dr. J: My Life Above the Rim and Behind Closed Doors by Julius ErvingAt long last, a high-flying American legend comes cown to earth to tell his life story
With flights of improvisation around the basket, and his towering afro, Julius Erving became one of the most charismatic (and revolutionary) players basketball has ever known. A cool, acrobatic showman, his flamboyant dunks sent him to the Hall of Fame and turned the act of jamming a basketball through a hoop into an art form, winning the admirations of fans, sportscasters, and opponents, including Bill Walton, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
But while the public has long revered this cultural and sports icon, few have ever known of the double life of Julius Erving. There is Julius, the bright, inquisitive son of a Long Island domestic worker who wanted to be respected for more than just his athletic ability. And there is Dr. J, the balletic baller who transformed the game and inspired a generation of superstars, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James.
Despite the pristine image put forward in his endorsement deals, he was far from perfect. In Dr. J., Erving goes on the record about the personal problems he faced and sometimes created. He speaks frankly about his career and the game; the adulterous affair that produced a daughter, professional tennis player Alexandra Stephenson; his 20-year-old sons tragic death; and the heartbreaking dissolution of his longtime marriage and its aftermath. Poignant and surprising Ervings story traces the inner-lives of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man-and how he has come to terms with both.
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J , is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim in his career at the ABA and the NBA. The basketball slang of being posterized was first coined to describe his moves. In , Erving was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. Many consider him one of the most talented players in the history of the NBA; he is widely acknowledged as one of the game's best dunkers. Before Erving, dunking was a practice most commonly used by the big men usually standing close to the hoop to show their brutal strength which was seen as style over substance, even unsportsmanlike, by many purists of the game.
High-flying dunks and off-the-court grace marked Julius Erving's career. Julius Erving, the great and wondrous "Dr. J," was the dominant player of his era and an innovator who changed the way the game was played. He was a wizard with the ball, performing feats never before seen: midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks. Erving was one of the first players to make extemporaneous individual expression an integral part of the game, setting the style of play that would prevail in the decades to follow.
Julius Erving, known as Dr. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in and went on to work for NBC as a studio analyst for their basketball coverage. Julius Erving Dr. J began his career playing for the fledgling American Basketball Association, a league started to compete with the long-established National Basketball Association. He played for several years for the New York Nets, being named most valuable player for the and seasons.
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Julius Erving was born in Hempstead, New York, in In he helped lead the club to a world championship. Upon retiring in , he had played in more than games, scoring an average of 22 points per game. J" by his fans—became known for his style and grace on and off the court during his year professional basketball career. He was a solid player at Roosevelt High School, where the nickname "Dr.
At a Glance …. So much has been written and said about Julius Erving over the years that it is difficult to say what is most important about him. He will go down in history as one of the basketball pioneers who took a sport that had been traditionally played on a wooden floor and changed it so that it was played in mid-air, and he popularized a form of scoring known as the dunk. He was a legendary figure that very few people saw play in his early professional years in the American Basketball Association, and his reputation probably forced the more established National Basketball Association to merge with that league. He was the consummate team player, who won championships in both professional leagues. He and his brother were raised by their mother, Callie. His father, Julius, was absent much of the time, and when young Julius was seven his dad was hit and killed by a car.