Julius Erving’s Place in Basketball History

April 18th, 2010 by C Douglas Baker Leave a reply »

Doc: The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving
By Vincent M. Mallozzi
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2010

This is a “biography” of Julius Erving, better known to sports fans as Dr. J, that relies almost exclusively on news and video accounts and an over decade-old interview of the man himself. 

It also includes interview material with his former teammates and coaches, and they do add flavor to the biography, but not a lot of real substance.

It is shocking that for such a glowing biography of Julius Erving that he and his family apparently refused to be interviewed or contribute to it. 

This is not a true biography but an encomium to the athletic prowess, excitement, and unbelievable dunks and moves that Dr. J displayed in his youth, playground, college, ABA, and NBA days.

It essentially chronicles his athletic exploits and what the Doc did to create a vibrant and exciting style of basketball that kept the ABA alive for a while, and the he eventually brought over the NBA. 
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