Dr. J

Dr. J

The Autobiography

Book - 2013
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One of the greatest basketball players of all time discusses the personal problems he faced and sometimes created during his legendary career, speaking frankly about how he has come to terms with being a nearly perfect player and an imperfect man. Julius Erving lives in Atlanta.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Description: xii, 431 pages, [8] leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780062187925
Branch Call Number: 796.323092 Erv
Additional Contributors: Greenfeld, Karl Taro, 1964-


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May 28, 2018

One of the greatest basketball players of all-time, yet always seemed to be a mystery to me when I was a kid. He was a New York City playground legend, yet didn't play at a major college (in the 60s major colleges weren't interested in "playground" talent). But he was so good he turned pro before finishing school to join the ABA--thus missing a chance to play in the Olympics. So he was one of the "least-seen" superstars you can imagine. Finally joined the NBA after the merger and won an MVP and one NBA title.
I learned a lot more about his personal life, as he freely discusses his problems with infidelity (multiple children out of wedlock--but he quietly supported all of them), and the tragic deaths of his baby brother, older sister, and one of his sons in a car crash.
Worth the read for any NBA/ABA fan--especially of that era.

AuntieS12 Dec 03, 2015

It was a moving story very well written. I appreciate that Dr. J. shared his life story with us.

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