Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim.
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Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
That was just my own personal program: I didn't want to get too high over the good moments because I didn't want to be saddened and depressed when things didn't go as I had planned.
In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.
So much of becoming a good athlete involves bringing other things to the table, other than physical skills. It involves intelligence, it involves many of the things that you learn during the process of being educated. How to analyze, how to assess, how to equate, how to reason.
Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
It's better to stay too long than to leave too soon.
You know, we always tried to rationalize by saying you take the good, you take the upside, you got to deal with the downside, you've to take the downside.
Attitude is altitude.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.
One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.
Many people think sports are totally physical, that you don't have to think, everything is done for you and you're catered to, I found that to be so far removed from the truth that it's almost a joke. The ones who become stars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
To be an innovator, you can't be worried about making mistakes.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
When I get a chance to power jump off both legs, I can lean, twist, change directions and decide whether to dunk the ball or pass it to an open man. In other words, I may be committed to the air, but I still have some control over it.
And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.
If you've experienced having control, you don't want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.
One of the commitments that I personally have now is to a diverse approach to buying businesses, and the operation of those businesses.
When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.
If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It's very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that's never been more clearly evident than in today's NBA game.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.
With the crowds on your side, it's easier to play up to your potential.
LA Clippers should come to Louisville
And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it.
I started playing professional basketball in 1971, and I played professionally for five seasons before going to Philadelphia.
My role models in the business were the older guys on my team when I first got there: Gray Scott, Adrian Smith, Roland Taylor. These were the guys who took me under their wing, and really schooled me in terms of what the business was about.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
I've always tried to tell myself that the work itself is the thing, that win, lose, or draw, the work is really what counts.
I didn't want to become a reserve player, or a bench player, and it was time to move on and take on another challenge.
You know, just in terms of having to have a life on the road, you know, having the celebrity aspect be a burden for my family, friends and extended family.
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.
I wanted to undertake the challenge of daring to be great.
I think I was chosen by basketball, although I never really physically got drafted to any team that I played for.
Every team that I've played on, I've either been the captain or co-captain.
As a kid, I played a lot of one-on-none.
I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good.