Julius Erving Rumors
Dr. J, who appeared at Pepsi’s Uncle Drew pop-up shop while sporting one of Uncle Drew’s snapback leather hats, has become a big Irving fan — and the praise didn’t stop there. “I think he’s success-driven, not ego-driven. That’s very important because you have to have an ego to play the game, but if you’re just driven by your ego your ego can be deflated in one fell swoop,” he said. “Obviously, he’s the heir apparent to LeBron (James) with the Cavaliers and I think the stage is set for him to just finish out what he needs to do to go to the Hall of Fame. I mean, he’s already got a foot in the door.”
Julius Erving was unable to attend Saturday’s win, but Jules said that when his dad attends his games, they have a “quick talk” afterward about things he did well “and the things I could have improved on.” “After that we just go on normally,” Jules said. “He’s not the father that wants me to be in the NBA or pushes me to do this or that; he really isn’t. He wants me to work hard at whatever.”
Collins said that Jules Erving has recently started to receive interest from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Kennesaw State and Georgia State. Erving said that, for him, playing in college depends on whether he receives a Division I scholarship offer. “If it’s not D-I, I don’t think I’d do it,” Erving said. “I’d probably just focus on my books. That’s the biggest thing for me right now. “I have a 3.5 GPA and I’m trying to get it higher. I want to go into business with my dad. “
Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving sold majority rights to his name and image to Authentic Brands Group on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources say that Erving will get an upfront guarantee as well as royalties associated with the deal. As part of the contract, ABG has filed for the trademark to “Dr. J” as well as Erving’s signature in the US and in various countries throughout the world.
Shaquille O’Neal: Criticism only motivated me. For one, the reason I started playing basketball was because my favorite basketball player, Dr. J, was in a movie, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Kareem was in a movie (Airplane!). You can only work on your game three or four hours a day — it’s obvious I did that because … I’m going to be first-ballot alongside A.I. [Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers] and Yao Ming.