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Doc: The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving The definitive biography of basketball genius Julius Erving the icon who transcended his sport and defined an eraJulius Erving, aka Dr J, was a wizard with the basketball, performing feats the world had never seen before midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks, which he was the first to glamorize In a career that lasted from the s well into the s, he was one of the first players to make extemporaneous individual expression an integral part of the game, setting the style of play that has prevailed ever since He s also long been respected as a gracious, dignified, and disciplined man As there are great men of history, there are great men of sports, and Dr J is just such a manThis book tells Dr J s amazing story, following his basketball journey from his Long Island childhood to the street games of New York City to a college career as his skills, reputation, and character grew It follows his entrance into the ABA, where he revolutionized the game by glamorizing the dunk, and his conquering of the NBA, where he was Michael Jordan before there was a Jordan It relates the family struggles he s had since leaving the game and charts the transformation of the man into mythThe first complete biography of one of the greatest and most popular basketball players of all timeDraws on interviews with Dr J s childhood friends and his family to teammates and coaches at all levelsWritten by a New York Times sports journalist and author of Asphalt Gods An Oral History of the Rucker TournamentIncludes Erving s years as a player with the Virginia Squires, New York Nets, and Philadelphia ersRead Doc and follow the incredible journey of the basketball genius who elevated the game off the hardwood and helped make it America s passion [EPUB] ✵ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – 9facts.co.uk aka Dr J ❮Download❯ ➵ Jazz Age Stories Author F. Scott Fitzgerald – 9facts.co.uk was a wizard with the basketball [Read] ➮ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – 9facts.co.uk performing feats the world had never seen before midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks [KINDLE] ❅ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope – 9facts.co.uk which he was the first to glamorize In a career that lasted from the s well into the s ❰PDF❯ ✓ The Customer-Funded Business Author John W. Mullins – 9facts.co.uk he was one of the first players to make extemporaneous individual expression an integral part of the game [PDF] ⚣ The Affair ✯ Emma Kavanagh – 9facts.co.uk setting the style of play that has prevailed ever since He s also long been respected as a gracious ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✩ – 9facts.co.uk dignified ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Beautiful Creatures By Lulu Taylor ❤ – 9facts.co.uk and disciplined man As there are great men of history ❮KINDLE❯ ➜ Dr. Simon Forman ❤ Author Judith Cook – 9facts.co.uk there are great men of sports ❰KINDLE❯ ❅ Susannah (Sunfire, Author Candice Ransom – 9facts.co.uk and Dr J is just such a manThis book tells Dr J s amazing story [Reading] ➹ An Obsession with Cigar Box Guitars ➯ David Sutton – 9facts.co.uk following his basketball journey from his Long Island childhood to the street games of New York City to a college career as his skills [EPUB] ✹ The Folded Earth: A Novel Auteur Anuradha Roy – 9facts.co.uk reputation ➲ Charity Girl Read ➺ Author Georgette Heyer – 9facts.co.uk and character grew It follows his entrance into the ABA ❰Ebook❯ ➠ Confession (Daniel Jacquot, Author Martin O& – 9facts.co.uk where he revolutionized the game by glamorizing the dunk ➩ Sisters of Treason (The Tudor Trilogy, Ebook ➯ Author Elizabeth Fremantle – 9facts.co.uk and his conquering of the NBA [Reading] ➽ Sisters of Treason ➳ Elizabeth Fremantle – 9facts.co.uk where he was Michael Jordan before there was a Jordan It relates the family struggles he s had since leaving the game and charts the transformation of the man into mythThe first complete biography of one of the greatest and most popular basketball players of all timeDraws on interviews with Dr J s childhood friends and his family to teammates and coaches at all levelsWritten by a New York Times sports journalist and author of Asphalt Gods An Oral History of the Rucker TournamentIncludes Erving s years as a player with the Virginia Squires [Reading] ➿ Murder on the Thirty-first Floor By Per Wahlöö – 9facts.co.uk New York Nets ❰KINDLE❯ ✽ Union, Travail, Justice Author Jonathan Edelstein – 9facts.co.uk and Philadelphia ersRead Doc and follow the incredible journey of the basketball genius who elevated the game off the hardwood and helped make it America s passion


10 thoughts on “Doc: The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving

  1. Gerald Capra Gerald Capra says:

    The book was good and it s for basketball lovers Julius Erving was one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game He was flashy while also being very skilled The book is a biography about his life on and off the court It s talks about his upbringing and his struggles after his basketball career He s most famous for his play with the Philadelphia 76ers but his best basketball was when he was in the ABA rather than the NBA The book was good for me because I love basketball


  2. Jill Meyer Jill Meyer says:

    of Julius Erving s career and life I m a long time basketball fan but I unfortunately never saw Dr J in action The biography, by New York Times sportswriter Vincent Mallozzi, was written without interviewing Erving, but Mallozzi does capture the on court magic that counted Erving as one of the five best basketball players in the game s history The book also delves ever so slightly and uncomfortably into Erving s private life, which wasn t always as pristine as previously thought Erving of Julius Erving s career and life I m a long time basketball fan but I unfortunately never saw Dr J in action The biography, by New York Times sportswriter Vincent Mallozzi, was written without interviewing Erving, but Mallozzi does capture the on court magic that counted Erving as one of the five best basketball players in the game s history The book also delves ever so slightly and uncomfortably into Erving s private life, which wasn t always as pristine as previously thought Erving fathered at least three children out of wedlock including teen tennis player Alexandria Stevenson He had three children on the legal side of the blanket and adopted his wife s son from a previous relationship One son died in 2000 from drug related problems.But Mallozzi does a good job and seemscomfortable doing it recounting Erving s basketball career, from his early years on Long Island, to UMass, and then, after leaving school after his junior year, in the pros I was amazed at how much of his pro career was played in the old ABA I had thought he had been a Sixer since the beginning of his professional years And as Mallozzi writes, Erving was maybe eveninnovative in the free wheeling ABA than he was in thetradition bound NBA.I wouldn t say it s the best sports book around actually I would have liked to have given it 3 1 2 stars, but decided to round it up to 4 I m not sure it s always good for a writer to write a book about a figure that he idolises, as Mallozzi seems to do about Erving Mallozzi does keep a lid on lionising Erving, though, writing about his personal life.A basketball book I liked better was the Magic Johnson Larry Bird joint memoir published this fall


  3. Chad Rexin Chad Rexin says:

    Was fun to read about one of the greatest Michael Jordan wasin my growing up years, but I remember Dr J in that time as well Definitely one of the best to ever play basketball and although Jordan had great dunks, none were better than Dr J Was interesting to see how he was so key to both the ABA and the NBA and how he was quite the gracious individual, never letting fame go to his head He wasn t immune to problems and tragedy in his home life, but nobody else is immune to those eithe Was fun to read about one of the greatest Michael Jordan wasin my growing up years, but I remember Dr J in that time as well Definitely one of the best to ever play basketball and although Jordan had great dunks, none were better than Dr J Was interesting to see how he was so key to both the ABA and the NBA and how he was quite the gracious individual, never letting fame go to his head He wasn t immune to problems and tragedy in his home life, but nobody else is immune to those either One should strive to be as classy as Dr J was and is


  4. Shawn Shawn says:

    Very enjoyable but I wish the author had includedaspects of Julius Erving the man, as opposed to just Dr J, the basketball player.The only part of Erving s personal life that he wrote about was towards the end of the book after he finished discussing Erving s playing career There is hardly any writing about Erving s personal life during his basketball days.For acomplete work on Julius Erving, check out his auto biography.


  5. Clark Hallman Clark Hallman says:

    As a teenager, I loved watching Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell match up when the 76ers and Celtics were on TV, which was usually on Sunday afternoons or during the playoffs My interest in professional basketball grew even stronger during my college years in Pittsburgh where the ABA Pittsburgh Pipers played and after college when I worked in Philadelphia and attended occasional 76ers games Unfortunately, Julius Erving did not join the 76ers until the year after I had left Philadelphia Of As a teenager, I loved watching Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell match up when the 76ers and Celtics were on TV, which was usually on Sunday afternoons or during the playoffs My interest in professional basketball grew even stronger during my college years in Pittsburgh where the ABA Pittsburgh Pipers played and after college when I worked in Philadelphia and attended occasional 76ers games Unfortunately, Julius Erving did not join the 76ers until the year after I had left Philadelphia Of course I remained a big 76ers fan and became an even bigger Julius Erving fan Although I never got to see him in person, I certainly enjoyed watching him take the ball to the hoop on TV whenever I could DOC The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving is a tribute to Dr J s basketball skills It focuses on what he did on the basketball court when he played on the playgrounds of Long Island, when he played in high school, when he played at the University of Massachusetts and during his great years in the ABA and the NBA It includes detailed information about all those stages of his basketball career, covering each season and many of his greatest individual games The book quotes and paraphrases many of Dr J s teammates, opposing team players, coaches, friends, and broadcasters Players such as George Gervin, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Darryl Dawkins, Dominique Wilkins, and many others share their admiration for Erving Broadcasters such as Bob Costas and Marv Albert also weigh in on his talents Almost all of them express what an incredibly talented, skilled, and smart basketball player Julius Erving was Of course, most of them discuss his amazing ability to dunk the basketball over almost any defender or defenders Many cite specific dunks during specific games, which they maintain to be the greatest dunks ever Many even attribute superhuman abilities to Julius The book also presents much information regarding Dr J s contract issues with the ABA Virginia Squires and New York Nets and NBA Philadelphia 76ers and his relationships with other players and coaches The book would have been enhanced byinformation about Erving s personal life and by contributions from Dr J himself Unfortunately, the author states that Dr J refused all of his requests for interviews The book also provides information about Erving s post player activities, including working as a broadcaster for NBC and several business ventures Unfortunately, it also presents brief unflattering information about the breakup of Erving s marriage and his relationships with his children Overall, this book a very interesting read for anyone interested in professional basketball, and especially for anyone who admired Dr J s work on the basketball court The bottom line is, Dr J was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and he was recognized as such in 1993 when he was selected for the Hall of Fame and in 1996 when he was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History by a panel of journalists, former players, former coaches, and former team officials


  6. Tom Gase Tom Gase says:

    This book I have to say was a little bit of a dissapointment I had seen it in bookstores for about two years and when I finally saw it pretty cheap a week ago, I grabbed it.I was interested because I don t know a ton about Julius Erving, a great basketball player, first in the ABA and then in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers I knew all that What I wanted to knowabout was Erving s days in the NBA I had read a bunch about him in the Terry Pluto book Loose Balls, which focuses on the AB This book I have to say was a little bit of a dissapointment I had seen it in bookstores for about two years and when I finally saw it pretty cheap a week ago, I grabbed it.I was interested because I don t know a ton about Julius Erving, a great basketball player, first in the ABA and then in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers I knew all that What I wanted to knowabout was Erving s days in the NBA I had read a bunch about him in the Terry Pluto book Loose Balls, which focuses on the ABA days This book did not deliver like most of Erving s dunks The section on him in the NBA had to be less than a third of the book at best Maybe pages 130 to 180 if I remember Just skips through his 1977, 1980 and 1982 teams and his 1981 MVP season in about a 7 page chapter if that What made him so good in 1981 Why did the 77, 82, and 80 teams fail when the 83 team didn t Besides Moses Malone, what made the 83 team one of the most underrated of all time None of these questions were answered The last 100 pages on his personable life I get it, as a responsible writer it has to be in the book Butpages dedicated to his marriage problems than his days as a Sixer Terrible Just terrible I don t care about his marriage problems That s his business Get it in the book, but keep it short.There were also some factual problems, which I never thought a New York Times writer would do Washington Bullets man Not the Wizards They weren t the Wizards until about 15 years ago They were the Washinton Bullets in the 70 s.Also, there was a lot of quotes in this book A ton I like quotes, I really do But edit, have some filter The same quote told 100 times over and over is not enjoyable reading, it s boring It s like a person writing to fill pages in his 9th grade English class And the quotes were way too long most of the time, as if they were copied from another book or article I get it, Julius Erving was good I get it, a lot of kids these days don t know who Julius Erving is and was If we keep getting books like this, we may never know.I was sure, positive in my mind, that this would be a great book A New York Times writer couldn t possibly write a bad book since I hold them and their writers in such high regard I hate to be negative on another writer, but this book really let me down I don t recommend this book Sorry


  7. C Baker C Baker says:

    This is a biography of Julius Erving, better known to sports fans as Dr J, that relies almost exclusively on news and video accounts and an over decade old interview of the man himself It also includes interview material with his former teammates and coaches, and they do add flavor to the biography, but not a lot of real substance.It is shocking that for such a glowing biography of Julius Erving that he and his family apparently refused to be interviewed or contribute to it This is not a tr This is a biography of Julius Erving, better known to sports fans as Dr J, that relies almost exclusively on news and video accounts and an over decade old interview of the man himself It also includes interview material with his former teammates and coaches, and they do add flavor to the biography, but not a lot of real substance.It is shocking that for such a glowing biography of Julius Erving that he and his family apparently refused to be interviewed or contribute to it This is not a true biography but an encomium to the athletic prowess, excitement, and unbelievable dunks and moves that Dr J displayed in his youth, playground, college, ABA and NBA days It essentially chronicles his athletic exploits and what the Doc did to create a vibrant and exciting style of basketball that kept the ABA alive for a while, and the he eventually brought over the NBA His unbelievable dunks, hang time, and drives to the hoop are what this biography is all about.There is really very little about Julius Erving s private life and boyhood in this biography It does paint him as a paragon of virtue as far as being fan friendly, great with teammates and coaches, and dedicated to his craft The last section of the book does go into some detail, although again relying on mostly news accounts, of his lack of virtue in his family life leading to his eventual divorce from his first wife, Turquoise.But, as the author himself says, the book is a valentine to his sports hero And if that is how this biography is judged, it is definitely a very readable and informative account of the Doc s career and place in basketball history


  8. Steven Peterson Steven Peterson says:

    When it comes to basketball, we seem to have short memories People will react in awe to the current stars and tend to downgrade those who went before Today Kobe Bryant and LeBron James Yesterday Michael Jordan The day before that Larry Bird and Magic Johnson And finally the day before that, the likes of Julius Erving And we don t even speak of old time players whom I watched on TV in junior high and high school like Bob Pettit or Elgin Baylor or Bob Cousy or This book helps us r When it comes to basketball, we seem to have short memories People will react in awe to the current stars and tend to downgrade those who went before Today Kobe Bryant and LeBron James Yesterday Michael Jordan The day before that Larry Bird and Magic Johnson And finally the day before that, the likes of Julius Erving And we don t even speak of old time players whom I watched on TV in junior high and high school like Bob Pettit or Elgin Baylor or Bob Cousy or This book helps us remember Dr J in his prime, and gives us some insight into his background and life after playing Before pro basketball, he developed his skills in Long Island and in street games He played basketball at U Mass and attracted a lot of attention He went into the old ABA and set quite a standard there Finally, the NBA and his high flying swoops and dunks that left many of us viewers wondering if what he did was really possible The book also covers some of theunfortunate episodes after his playing career ended A lugubrious old timers one on one game, when he and Kareem Abdul Jabbar went at it and showed little other than the skills that both had lost The story of his marital problems, too, is discussed.Sometimes the book is a little disjointed and, toward the end, perhaps too episodic, without things being fully pulled together Nonetheless, a nice reminder of Dr J the player and a reasonable analysis of Julius Erving the person If interested in the subject, this will be a decent read


  9. Lauren Lauren says:

    I could I NOT like an autobiography of my ALL TIME favorite professional basketball player, whose nickname, Dr J, I was given in my high school days I learned that Cleveland State University was one of but a couple colleges that Dr J visited before choosing UMASS WOW, would that have been something if Julius Erving had come to CSU I learned that Dr J credits swing set competitions at an early age for helping him develop his aerial acrobatics I learned that Dr J had some of his best game I could I NOT like an autobiography of my ALL TIME favorite professional basketball player, whose nickname, Dr J, I was given in my high school days I learned that Cleveland State University was one of but a couple colleges that Dr J visited before choosing UMASS WOW, would that have been something if Julius Erving had come to CSU I learned that Dr J credits swing set competitions at an early age for helping him develop his aerial acrobatics I learned that Dr J had some of his best games against my daughter, Clare s alma mater, Fordham, who was a regular opponent for UMASS I learned of Julius and his wife, Turquoise s friendship with Teddy Pendergrass and about some rather titillating details regarding the car accident which left Teddy a quadriplegic All together, a very good read


  10. Seth Seth says:

    I enjoy biographies and historical accounts of athletes, specifically basketball players, and this book was a decent read Just nothing to write home about It may or may not be the best read about Doctor J out there, but I probably wouldn t recommend it.Things I liked I learned a great deal about where Erving came from I grew an appreciation for his game and I now see him a bit differently I came to realize he was Jordan before Jordan came around The ABA piqued my interest.Things I didn I enjoy biographies and historical accounts of athletes, specifically basketball players, and this book was a decent read Just nothing to write home about It may or may not be the best read about Doctor J out there, but I probably wouldn t recommend it.Things I liked I learned a great deal about where Erving came from I grew an appreciation for his game and I now see him a bit differently I came to realize he was Jordan before Jordan came around The ABA piqued my interest.Things I didn t like Not many words directly from the man himself I want to hear the man s thoughts I felt I could have found the same information documented online, or in other books Too many quotes and excerpts lifted from sources


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