If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.— Julius Erving
The most courageous Julius Erving quotes that are glad to read
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life -- mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts, but I don't remember any depression, or needing to do anything, or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.
If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
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.
If you're not doing what is best for your body, you are the one who lose.
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.
With the crowds on your side, it's easier to play up to your potential.
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.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
My mom is one of 14 children. She's a great lady. She's a Taurus. Has been a profound influence in my life, still is to this day. Born in meager surroundings in rural South Carolina.
They are taking steps, but they are baby steps.
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
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.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
One of the commitments that I personally have now is to a diverse approach to buying businesses, and the operation of those businesses.
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 a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.
I am very proud to be featured, especially when you consider the outstanding champions who have had this honor. It is great company to be in.
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.
The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.
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.
If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.
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.
I think that my God-given physical attributes, big hands, and big feet, the way that I'm built, proportion-wise, just made basketball the most inviting sport for me to play.
The biggest thing that I felt basketball could do for me was help me get a good education.
As a kid, I played a lot of one-on-none.
There's the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people's lives, things that had really happened.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
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.