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Brad Rock: Dr. J soars again on NBA TV

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  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    June 8, 2013 2:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    June 7, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    Seen him play the old Utah Stars. Still have never seen a more impressing player than he was. He gets my vote..

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    June 7, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    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 Erving
    Magic Johnson
    Michael Jordan
    Larry Bird
    Karl Malone
    Tim Duncan
    Kareem
    Bill Russell
    Wilt Chamberlain
    Moses Malone
    Kobe Bryant
    Lebron James
    Oscar Robertson
    Elvin Hayes
    Jerry West
    John Stockton
    Shaq
    Scottie Pippen

  • Long Lost America Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 7, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    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.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    June 7, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    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.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 6, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    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.