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.
Dr. J’s Greatest Dunk According to Dr. J
Now that the novelty of cradle dunks, ferocious baseline jams and angelic, swooping stuff slams has worn off, and NBA fans shift their interests to three-point shots, ball rotation and low defensive intensity, the legendary feats of NBA trendsetters such as Julius Erving begin to lose luster and perspective as our instant-information dominated media cycle microwaves heroes and shapes the narrative. J is the innovator of the funk dunk, hes the sultan of swoop and poetry in motion. Because of his in-game slam exhibitions, the NBA All-star weekend continues to be driven by the highly-anticipated Slam Dunk contest. While Michael Jordan and Vince Carter get major props for commercializing the dunk and making it the most anticipated play in basketball, Dr. J had already delivered us some of the greatest dunks in history. He laid the foundation for a generation of athleticism that revolutionized the sport.
We want to make sure you know all about dunking and the long history of this exciting sports move! Please see fun facts and FAQs below. Such a shot was known as a "dunk shot" until the term "slam dunk" was coined by former Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hern. The slam dunk is usually the highest percentage shot. Moreover, it is a crowd-pleaser.
Now that the Kobe and LeBron one-on-one match-up has been decided didn't Kobe say he would beat the Miami Heater if they ever squared off? There are so many amazing contests that we would love to see, but these are the best of the best. Is there any question that Bill Russell is the greatest professional team player of all-time? His Boston Celtics won 11 championships and he was surely the focal point of every win. Somehow, his lean 6'10" frame was able to ford off more physically dominant players - most notably Wilt - and gain him everlasting fame as the greatest defender of all time. But, those were team wins on arguably the greatest basketball team ever. Just how would the cackler do against the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the man with the most unstoppable offensive weapon on the court.
This story is not that important. Now imagine yourself crouching a bit, like Superman, and springing high into the air. Imagine yourself lifting off the blacktop, up and up, until you can reach into the air far above the rim. The players who fly through this thin air are not simply remembered by hoop fans. They are enshrined in a mythical Museum of Leap. These are not necessarily great basketball players, understand, but their ability to jump has made them objects of something much deeper than profound respect. These men have their own ancient orders, such as Phi Slama Jama, the mythical fraternity created during the college season by Houston scribe Thomas Bonk, now a Times writer, to honor the dunk-happy University of Houston Cougars.
Setup: Saturday is the 30th anniversary hard to believe, isn't it? ON JAN. We've seen it a thousand times. Some of us who are old enough probably could tell you where we were when we first saw it I saw it on Action News at 11 p. It was just one more incredible play in a series of incredible plays Erving treated us to in his 11 years in Philadelphia.
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. Prior to that, he lived in nearby Hempstead.