By Karl Taro Greenfeld, Julius Erving
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With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a old self-portrait of an American legend, Julius "The Doctor" Erving.
With his flights of improvisation round the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving turned essentially the most charismatic (and progressive) gamers basketball has ever recognized. yet whereas the general public has lengthy respected this cultural icon, few have ever identified of the double lifetime of Julius Erving. Dr. J strains the internal lives of the approximately ideal participant and the imperfect man--and how he has come to phrases with either.
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I’m silent, simply listening, yet I notice they're speaking approximately taking part in expert basketball. simply because there are rival leagues, the ABA and NBA, for the 1st time university avid gamers have a few leverage and don’t need to signal with the NBA staff that drafts them. Rookie salaries were going up, and those men are conversing approximately how much cash they will get after they flip seasoned. seasoned? Are they severe? they're. Now I’m considering, If Wright and Sobers and Westphal are conversing approximately taking part in professional ball, and I’m outrebounding and outscoring those men, then that implies . . . I can be considering taking part in seasoned basketball. I had by no means proposal that was once attainable sooner than. I suggest, professionals have been invoice Russell and Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, the Lakers and Celtics and Knicks. I’m a child from new york who performs within the Yankee convention. My entire plan is to get a enterprise measure. no one from UMass has ever performed within the NBA. 12. after they announce the ultimate twelve spots, there are six white gamers and 6 black gamers and that i don’t imagine that’s a accident. i do know they weren’t awaiting me to be at the crew simply because after they current us with our blue crew blazers, with united states at the chest, for the group photograph, the sleeves on my jacket slightly succeed in my elbow. i suppose I’m taking where of a shorter participant. So rather than operating at Roosevelt Park, handing out basketballs and curler skates, I’m going to be flying to Europe on a Pan Am flight to play basketball in Finland, Poland, and the Soviet Union. for the majority people, it will be our first journey in another country, and the coaches have inspired upon us that we're ambassadors for our state. I take that heavily. i admire the undertaking. we're basketball gamers for our kingdom, and this can be the center of the chilly conflict, and those international locations, at the very least Poland and Russia, are Communist states that symbolize a stark distinction to the freedoms of the united states. mother is so excited for me. Freda and her youngsters come over to assert goodbye, Barry and Keith giving me tremendous hugs. “Juliuth goes to Europes,” says Barry. Barry is an effective little ballplayer himself. I choose up either my nephews. guy, I’m considering sooner than mother and Mr. Dan force me to JFK, I’m gonna leave out the United States. We fly on a Pan Am constitution to Moscow. many of the men have cameras and lots of people are maintaining diaries besides. We’re staying on the Cosmos inn and the 1st evening they host a unique dinner the place we meet the Russian nationwide crew, who we'll be taking part in in a chain of video games during the Soviet Union. those are males of their twenties and early thirties, immense, stocky, tricky men, military officials, lots of whom, like Sergei Belov and Modestas Paulauskas, might win gold on the Munich Olympics years later. on the welcome dinner, held within the lodge ballroom, the Russians lay out an incredible ceremonial dinner, with crab, salmon, and caviar—at least we realize these dishes—but there are many different meals that the majority people are reluctant to attempt. And the most beverage, as we find, is vodka. The Russian avid gamers are guzzling it down.