Julius Erving Rumors

Dr. J was on the latest Inside the Green Room Podcast with Danny Green, and Green asked Erving his take on Brooklyn’s current “superteam” of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. “It’s reminiscent of how the Yankees used to do it all the time. They load up – they call it ‘buying a championship.’ The Lakers are known for doing that too. They’re getting all these pieces … they don’t know at the end of the season what it’s going to look like or what it’s going to feel like, but they’re going to be formidable. You’ve got a team with six former All-Stars, and three [All-NBA] guys who have been there and succeeded in the playoffs.”
Julius Erving: “First of all, [the Sixers] have an advantage coaching-wise based on experience with [head coach Doc Rivers], in terms of championship experience that [Green has], that Dwight [Howard] has. And the ambition of Ben [Simmons] and Joel [Embiid], these guys are hungry now, they’ve been a part of what they call ‘The Process’ for several years, and it’s time for The Process to bear some fruit. I’m betting my money on Philly … Ws mean confidence. It’s not cool to be overconfident, but it’s very cool to be confident. So you need to maintain that confidence and get out there and perform, that’s the way I see it.”
Making kids happy is what inspires O’Neal, especially when he has the opportunity to encourage those feeling down. He can relate. As a child, that was him. “The same way (they’re) feeling now at 9 and 10 years old, I was the same way,” he said. “But look at me now.” He credits basketball legend Julius Erving with planting the seed of helping others. O’Neal met Dr. J as a child. He called him his “portal” to becoming who he is today.