September 15, 2015 |
JULIUS ERVING, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson were among the former players who shared their thoughts on the passing of Moses Malone. Malone, who helped lead the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship, died yesterday morning in his sleep in Norfolk, Va. He was 60. Doctor J tweeted that he was already dealing with the death of his high school coach at Roosevelt (N.Y.) High when he learned of Malone's passing. "Lost Coach Ray Wilson and friend Moses Malone this week," Erving wrote.
June 27, 2000 |
Julius Erving, one of Philadelphia's most beloved sports legends, returned to the city for the second time in two weeks yesterday to make an impassioned, public plea for help in finding his son, Cory, who has been missing for a month. Before 10 television cameras and with his other sons, Julius 3d and Cheo, by his side, the former 76ers star stood behind a City Hall podium and said what he didn't have to say, what was clear from his face: "We're in pain. " Despite national media exposure, wide-ranging police efforts, and a $50,000 reward, a credible lead has yet to develop in the disappearance of Cory Erving, 19, who lives with his parents at their home near Orlando, Fla. Julius Erving's entire family had attended a June 13 news conference in Philadelphia, but Erving said yesterday that his daughter, Jazmin, 23, "has a broken heart" and that his wife, Turquoise, is "bedridden and in a weakened state with only a framed photo" of Cory to offer her comfort.
January 18, 1994 |
Jazmin Erving cannot dunk. Never could. Never will. And her father, a fellow who dunked often for the 76ers, really doesn't care. "I hope," Julius Erving said, "that's not the measure of her self- esteem. " Julius Erving need not worry. His daughter does not measure her self-worth by anything she does on a basketball court. She does not measure her self- worth by anything her father did on a basketball court. Jazmin Erving, Episcopal Academy student and athlete, is a person who wants to be known for her own accomplishments.
April 16, 1987
There are those people who do much more than break the mold. They redefine excellence. Julius Erving has done that. Erving changed basketball forever. He has been the most spectacularly athletic player ever, seeming to defy the law of gravity along with most of the other laws of physics. All his explosiveness has been combined with a fluid grace that has made him more fun to watch than a barrel of Baryshnikovs. Kids who saw Doctor J play grew up to be Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan.
July 2, 2015 |
Alexander O'Connor, 12, was wearing a white T-shirt with "PENN TENNIS CAMP" in navy blue lettering across the front, and he fell in among a dozen or so other campers who had gathered at the courts behind Franklin Field on Tuesday, all of them wanting autographs from the once-famous tennis player with the famous absentee father. Having joined in with the crowd, he turned his back to the player, and in black marker, she scribbled her first name across the nape of his T-shirt. He started to bound away to catch up with his friends before returning with a question.
April 16, 1987 |
In the summer of 1986, Philadelphia seemed to be losing its sports giants at an alarming rate. The 76ers traded Moses Malone, the Phillies released Steve Carlton, and then, suddenly, Julius Erving was a free agent. No one thought, obviously, that Erving would ever be unemployed as long as he chose to play basketball. Still, abruptly being a man without a team was a prospect he found unsettling. He had never faced such a situation. And so, when other teams, notably the Utah Jazz, expressed an interest, he listened.
March 31, 2000 |
We can be tougher than heck on them, but when all is said and done, we love our sports superstars. Just ask Phillies great Mike Schmidt, who had a love-hate relationship with the boobirds in the stands until the very end of his Hall of Fame career. Or Rich Ashburn and Steve Carlton. Chuck Bednarik and Randall Cunningham. Julius Erving and Charles Barkley. Bobby Clarke. Joe Frazier. You get the idea. Sidney Moncrief, who is 26, was asked about age last night, at least in the way it involved Julius Erving, who is on the 34 side of 33. "He will get old, won't he?"
June 19, 1987 |
Julius Erving has said, "That's always been important to me, to shake the image of being a jock. " In the six weeks since Dr. J. took off his high-tops for the last time, there's been a whole lot of shaking going on. Less than a week after Erving played his last game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Gov. Casey put him on the state Economic Development Partnership Board, which is intended to replace the state Commerce Department. Erving the businessman is part owner of Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., which placed fourth among the nation's top black-owned businesses last year with $110 million in sales, as well as part owner of a Buffalo, N.Y., television station.
December 19, 2014 |
BEFORE THE SWOOSH came into his life, Michael Jordan wore Converse. Yesterday a powder-blue pair of leather hightops that he wore at North Carolina sold at auction for $33,387. ESPN.com reported that the sneaks - inscribed "Best Wishes, Michael Jordan" - were consigned to Grey Flannel Auctions by a high school teammate of Jordan's. The winning bidder, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased a nice piece of history. But they are far less valuable that some other Jordan memorabilia.
April 12, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - On a property filled with some of the richest and most famous people on the planet, it takes some doing to be the coolest cat in town. Unless you're Doctor J. Julius Erving, a golf addict and fan, attended Thursday's opening round of the Masters, his 12th. As fan favorite Phil Mickelson teed off, dozens of fans alongside the fairway missed Lefty's towering drive; they were fascinated by the towering gent in the gray 76ers hat, red shirt and black slacks. Grown men clustered around Doc to shake his hand as kids pleaded for him to sign programs and hats.