Julius Erving Rumors
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.
“I got to physically see him live and at work,” he said. “I got to physically touch him and shake his hand. He was so nice and courteous. “That was the first thing I said: If and when I become a superstar, I want to be just like him.” He even received an autographed Dr. J basketball one year for Christmas, which he said was the “spark” he needed to carry him through tough times.
“He just wasn’t my competition,” Thomas recalled explained. “My focus was Bird, Magic, Dr. J [Julius Erving], Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Those were the guys. I don’t care what anybody says. You can go back and look at history — those were the guys.”
MeidasTouch.com: This is very cool! There’s a virtual Biden event tonight in PA featuring The Black Eyed Peas, Questlove, The O’Jays, Kevin Bacon, Jason Alexander, 76ers stars Julius Erving and Ben Simmons, Senator Bob Casey, and many, many more!