The definitive biography of basketball genius Julius Erving - the icon who transcended his sport and defined an era.
Julius 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 1970s well into the 1980s, 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 man.
This 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 myth.
Read Doc and follow the incredible journey of the basketball genius who elevated the game off the hardwood and helped make it America's passion.
As the book began, Mallozzi gave the impression that this was an authorized biography. Near the end of the book, as he switched to the skeletons in Erving's closet, it suddenly became apparent that was not the case. In fact, Erving was not pleased by this rendering of his story. Overall, the book was ok I suppose, but Mallozzi used flowery language and was very repetitive. After reading this, I watched the documentary and ESPN tells most of the story in 1 hour as opposed to this 8 hour menace. And the documentary actually shows his dunks. Erving's life is made for a documentary. Baseball is better for books...