在迈克尔•乔丹（Michael Jordan ）和勒布朗•詹姆斯（LeBron James）横空出世前，篮球场上空球迷们心中的王者则是J博士——朱丽叶斯•欧文（Julius Erving）。打开视频网站，你一定会被J博士潇洒的风车大灌篮所吸引——黑人标志性的爆炸头型，巨大的手臂下篮球显得是那么渺小，然后“嘭”入筐。
Before the likes of superstars Michael Jordan & LeBron James was hovering high over the skies of NBA courts, the king of the basketball airspace was Julius “Doctor J” Erving. Hit up Youtube and you most certainly will be mesmerized by “The Doctor’s House Calls” performing his windmill dunks on NBA players with his Afro hairstyle (yes, before Allen Iverson) flying in the wind and the basketball appearing to be the size of a baseball in his monstrous hands.
I had the privilege of being used & abused by Doctor J in 1968 when we squared off as freshmen players when our undefeated university teams Boston College & University of Massachusetts did basketball battle. Frankly it wasn’t much of a battle! Things started off in pre-game festivities when Doc leaped higher than I have ever seen in taking a quarter off the TOP of the backboard during layup lines! Duly stunned, our BC team proceeded to be trounced by 35 points!
My son Ryan and I caught up with the Hall of Fame legend at the San Antonio NBA All-Star Game more than 30 years later and then again at this year’s Hall of Fame Ceremony. Classy as ever as an elder NBA statesman, Doctor J still remains the man who brought flight to the NBA for all others to copy!