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Doc: The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The definitive biography of basketball genius Julius Erving--the icon who transcended his sport and defined an era Julius Erving, aka Dr. J, was a wizard with the basketball, performing feats the world had never seen before: midair spins and whirls punctuated by powerful slam dunks, which he was the first to glamorize. In a career that lasted from the 1970s well into the 1 ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by John Wiley & Sons
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C Baker
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 tr
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Steven Peterson
When it comes to basketball, we seem to have short memories. People will react in awe to the current stars and tend to downgrade those who went before. Today? Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Yesterday? Michael Jordan? The day before that? Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. And—finally—the day before that, the likes of Julius Erving. And we don’t even speak of old time players (whom I watched on TV in junior high and high school) like Bob Pettit or Elgin Baylor or Bob Cousy or. . . .

This book helps us r
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Tom Gase
This book I have to say was a little bit of a dissapointment. I had seen it in bookstores for about two years and when I finally saw it pretty cheap a week ago, I grabbed it.
I was interested because I don't know a ton about Julius Erving, a great basketball player, first in the ABA and then in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers. I knew all that. What I wanted to know more about was Erving's days in the NBA. I had read a bunch about him in the Terry Pluto book Loose Balls, which focuses on the AB
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Clark Hallman
As a teenager, I loved watching Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell match up when the 76ers and Celtics were on TV, which was usually on Sunday afternoons or during the playoffs. My interest in professional basketball grew even stronger during my college years in Pittsburgh (where the ABA Pittsburgh Pipers played) and after college when I worked in Philadelphia and attended occasional 76ers games. Unfortunately, Julius Erving did not join the 76ers until the year after I had left Philadelphia. Of ...more
Lauren
I could I NOT like an autobiography of my ALL-TIME favorite professional basketball player, whose nickname, "Dr. J," I was given in my high school days. I learned that Cleveland State University was one of but a couple colleges that Dr J visited before choosing UMASS. WOW, would that have been something if Julius Erving had come to CSU! I learned that Dr J credits "swing-set competitions" at an early age for helping him develop his aerial acrobatics. I learned that Dr J had some of his best game ...more
Seth
Sep 29, 2012 Seth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seth by: Amazon Vine
I enjoy biographies and historical accounts of athletes, specifically basketball players, and this book was a decent read. Just nothing to write home about. It may or may not be the best read about Doctor J out there, but I probably wouldn't recommend it.

Things I liked:
- I learned a great deal about where Erving came from.
- I grew an appreciation for his game and I now see him a bit differently.
- I came to realize he was Jordan before Jordan came around.
- The ABA piqued my interest.

Things I didn
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Steve
When I was in elementary school I used to write letters to athletes and request their autographs. The best one I ever got was from Dr. J. It was an 8.5x11 glossy black and white photograph and signed "To Stephen, Julius "Dr. J" Erving" in blue ink. I still have it and cherish it. I was a HUGE Celtics fan in the '80s, but EVERYBODY liked Dr. J. Everybody.
Rob
Very interesting book. I didn't know too much about Dr. J. Seems like a nice guy, great basketball player, but too bad he cheated on his wife several times. This book was a little too long for me. By the end I wanted it to end, and some of the info seemed to be repetitive. But overall a good read.
Dale Stonehouse
Great subject but average telling mostly because Dr. J did not participate.
Sean G
Learned that Doc won 2 championship will in the ABA.
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