Dr. J

Dr. J

The Autobiography

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
One of the greatest basketball players of all time discusses the personal problems he faced and sometimes created during his legendary career, speaking frankly about how he has come to terms with being a nearly perfect player and an imperfect man.

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With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a historic self-portrait of an American legend, Julius "The Doctor" Erving.

With his flights of improvisation around the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving became one of the most charismatic (and revolutionary) players basketball has ever known. But while the public has long revered this cultural icon, few have ever known of the double life of Julius Erving. Dr. J traces the inner lives of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man—and how he has come to terms with both.



Baker
& Taylor

In this candid biography, one of the greatest basketball players of all time goes on the record about the personal problems he faced and sometimes created during his legendary career, speaking frankly about how he has come to terms with being a nearly perfect player and an imperfect man. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062187925
0062187929
9780062188038
9780062253781
0062253786
Characteristics: xii, 431 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Greenfeld, Karl Taro 1964-- Author
Alternative Title: Doctor J

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MikeHanafin
May 28, 2018

One of the greatest basketball players of all-time, yet always seemed to be a mystery to me when I was a kid. He was a New York City playground legend, yet didn't play at a major college (in the 60s major colleges weren't interested in "playground" talent). But he was so good he turned pro before finishing school to join the ABA--thus missing a chance to play in the Olympics. So he was one of the "least-seen" superstars you can imagine. Finally joined the NBA after the merger and won an MVP and one NBA title.
I learned a lot more about his personal life, as he freely discusses his problems with infidelity (multiple children out of wedlock--but he quietly supported all of them), and the tragic deaths of his baby brother, older sister, and one of his sons in a car crash.
Worth the read for any NBA/ABA fan--especially of that era.

AuntieS12 Dec 03, 2015

It was a moving story very well written. I appreciate that Dr. J. shared his life story with us.

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