Hard to find anyone who doesn't run out of words to describe Julius Erving
when it comes to basketball. Without question he was one of the greatest
players, but even more, his character was just as superb as his play. I've
heard some claim that he was "arrogant", just as they say now about
Michael Jordan, but it is very hard to be aware of and confident in your
abilities, which is required in a competitive situation when you are going face
to face, chest to chest against other great players, and still appear humble.
When game time came around, Julius played at a level well above others, and, his
actions were usually well above the other's as well. I recall at least one
game when the two teams were in a sort of brawl, while Dr. J was at the other
end of the court, sitting on the ball, just watching and waiting for it to end
so he could get back to playing basketball!!! What a role model. I have heard
other great players say that they grew up trying to become like Dr. J. Few NBA
players can claim such stature.
Seen him play the old Utah Stars. Still have never seen a more impressing player
than he was. He gets my vote..
Best days were ABA and NBA then through the 1980s. A big shift
occurred in the early to mid 1990s that has made the NBA no where near as fun to
watch. Dr J should always be mentioned when talking about the
greatest...not necessarily in order of best but these are certainly some of the
best in my mind:Julius ErvingMagic JohnsonMichael
JordanLarry BirdKarl MaloneTim DuncanKareemBill
RussellWilt ChamberlainMoses MaloneKobe BryantLebron
JamesOscar RobertsonElvin HayesJerry WestJohn
Few probably remember that in the mid 1980's Erving strongly considered
signing with the Utah Jazz. But Larry Miller made the mistake of telling a local
radio host he was working on something "big" and the radio announcer
started speculating, "Well, what could be bigger in the NBA than the fact
that Julius Erving is a free agent right now?" Word quickly spread to
76er ownership, who had been giving lukewarm signals to resign him up to that
point, but because the thought of Erving finishing his career in a Jazz uniform
was so offensive to them, they became aggresive in their pursuit of resigning
him. Stockton and Malone were on the team but yet proven stars at that time.
There are few who play basketball with such body control. Doctor J had it.
Jordan had it. Gervin had it. Magic had it. Not too many more had such
graceful body control, even Lebron doesn't have that (at least not yet).
These guys could just glide through space, passing defenders with ease.
nobody better than Dr. J, the difference is he never had the global exposure
others now have including Jordan. Dr. J, salutes I always wore number 6 because
of HIM, not Lebron.
Wow, 26 years has pass. I thought it was yesterday and what a gentleman he was
and a great player. I was a Golden State fan but Dr J. was the best and fun to
watch. I better go watch on youtube to see his amazing plays.