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.”
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks reflected on his career after recently winning his 500th game as a head coach. He said his only two goals as a young basketball player were “get into a layup line and meet Dr. J.”
“The Knicks and Lakers were there but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dr. J [Julius Erving] came in and then [Michael] Jordan. So those are the players that made this game. Made it possible for Kobe and these guys. It should incorporate a way to use all these guys at one time to be the logo.”
Keith Pompey: #Sixers’ Julius Erving with his COVID-19 Vaccine PSA youtu.be/BduFxXmReSA via @YouTube
Marc Stein: List of players, according to @Stathead, with two 40-point games in the NBA that include a game-winning shot at the buzzer: *Gilbert Arenas *Larry Bird *Michael Jordan *Damian Lillard (Julius Erving had two such games in the ABA)
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.