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.
December 9, 2014 |
Julius Erving , the airborne forward who led the 76ers to the NBA championship way back in 1983, is 64 years old, and still hustling. Last week, his Dr. J Enterprises cut a deal with Anthem Media Group , of Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, to help sell its Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY) to such video giants as Comcast, DirecTV and AT&T , and find marketing partnerships with pro leagues and advertisers. Anthem also owns fantasy-sports site RotoExperts.com , combat-sports-oriented Fight Network , SportsGrid.com (sports commentary)
October 30, 2014 |
EXPECTATIONS are low for the Sixers, who open their season against the Pacers tonight. Which makes leafing through Sports Illustrated's coffee-table book, "Basketball's Greatest," a nice distraction. The Sixers are well-represented in the book, which ranks the 10 best players and coaches in numerous categories. Best shooting guard goes, of course, to Michael Jordan. But Allen Iverson is ranked sixth, ahead of George Gervin (seventh) and Oscar Robertson (eighth). Larry Bird is named best small forward, followed by LeBron James and Julius Erving.
September 24, 2014 |
Caldwell Jones, a rail-thin frontcourt player who helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals three times, died Sunday of a heart attack in Decatur, Ga. Mr. Jones, 64, was one of four brothers to reach the NBA after playing at Albany State College. He began his career with the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA in 1973 before joining the 76ers in 1976. Mr. Jones, who retired from the NBA in 1990, played six seasons with the Sixers before he was traded to the Houston Rockets. He also played for Chicago, Portland and San Antonio in a 14-year NBA career.
May 22, 2014 |
NEW YORK - If the 76ers came out of last night's NBA draft lottery with only the No. 3 pick, Julius Erving said he and the group in attendance representing the team may have been a little disappointed. But the fact that Philadelphia also secured the 10th selection, via last June's draft-night trade of Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans, had Doctor J in good spirits. Erving represented the 76ers' organization on stage at last night's lottery, which the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the second consecutive year, defying the odds once again.
November 8, 2013 |
DOCTOR J took the playground game indoors. Took it to a higher level. Above the rim. Flew like a condor, stung like a scorpion. Found wealth and fame in that thin air. It was different at ground level, both feet on the shifting terrain. All that gloom. All those people he loved, dying young. He has written his autobiography, with considerable help from Karl Taro Greenfeld. Calls it "Dr. J" when it could have easily been called "Julius Erving. " Slice it and balance the parts, sadness outweighs joy 60-40.
November 7, 2013 |
THERE WERE some heavy hearts and teary eyes around the 76ers organization yesterday morning as the team gathered for practice. It had nothing to do with Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, which snapped a three-game winning streak. It was much more serious than that. Last week, the likes of Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, Bobby Jones, Pat Croce, Wali Jones and others converged in a back room of the Wells Fargo Center to pay tribute to Jeff Millman, a 50-year employee of the organization whose jobs varied from ballboy to equipment manager, but whose undeniable fingerprints on the club couldn't be given a title.
November 1, 2013 |
PAGE SIX'S Richard Johnson got ahold of Julius Erving 's upcoming memoir, Dr. J , before its Tuesday release date. The excerpt he got is quite the doozy. In the autobiography, Erving writes about the affair he had with sportswriter Samantha Stevenson . Their union begat tennis star Alexandra Stevenson . But the reason why Alexandra exists might surprise. The good doctor writes, "I can only remember one time that we actually had intercourse, and that was because she had just gotten this new orthodontia to straighten her teeth.
June 21, 2013 |
You wouldn't write a review of a movie after the first reel. You certainly wouldn't care to read one. So it's pointless to define an athlete's legacy while the athlete is still typing the first draft. And yet - in print and on the airwaves and in the vast echo chamber of the Web and social media - there is almost constant chatter about the "L" word. That's L for legacy. That's L for LeBron. The debate about LeBron James' legacy has been ongoing since he walked into the NBA as an 18-year-old in 2003.
June 7, 2013 |
IT WAS AN ILLUSION. That reverse layup against the Lakers, the one in which Doctor J not only defied gravity, he winked at it, hovering like a helicopter, a killer drone before there were killer drones, the crowd gasping in disbelief, then shrieking in joy. Julius Erving swooping to his right, taking off, finding his path to the hoop blocked by the Lakers, Kareem Abdul Jabbar lurking underneath. Doctor J floating behind the backboard, changing direction, legs churning like a guy treading water, pausing . . . and then swoosh slamming the basketball through the hoop.