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Dr. J: The Autobiography Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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“There’s enough basketball here to keeps fans interested, but the book isn’t really about what happens on the court. It’s about a thoughtful man who, for a time in his youth, was a famous athlete. A rewarding reading experience.” (Booklist)
“The book is quite an accomplishment: a terrific memoir by a man worthy of one.” (Sports Illustrated)
“The NBA’s most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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“I am a husband, trying and not always succeeding to live up to vows of fidelity amid the seductions of celebrity and fame…”
“I am an American man whose journey has been blessed by the great gifts that America offers… wealth, fame, championships, awards… and also scoured by the tragedies that are a part of the human experience. I have lost too many loved ones.”
“I ask for no pity; I only want to relate what I have felt and seen.”
“I have hurt too many people.”
“For that I ask forgiveness.”
The above words are a partial excerpt from Julius Erving’s preface. These heartfelt and ego-free sentiments… will provide the reader with a notice that you’re about to read a sports autobiography that comes from a much different shelf… than the overflowing one filled with mindless… me… me… mantra… of countless athletes.
As the story begins in childhood… the reader at first will think that the writing has an “infantile” feel to it… then as it continues… you’ll slowly start to realize… that the telling of the story is as if you’re actually inside young “June” (Julius’s nickname with family members… short for Junior)… and you’re actually looking through his eyes… you even feel as if you’re his size… as he continues to jump… and jump.. and jump… trying to be able to look out the window in his home. The love between all members of the Erving family is both touching and nostalgic. The lessons that come along with the love from “The Doctor’s” Mother… reminds you of the way America used to be… and at least the way you wish it to be now.Read more ›
very detail and very compelling and One of those books that allows you in to his world and you learn so much more.
good values by his mother and sister. His parents were divorced
& he seldom saw his father,"Tank," named after a favorite card
Dr. J passed up cigarettes, alcohol (seldom used), drugs, gangs.
In favor of his vision of his future as a college graduate who
becomes a businessman. He accomplished these goals with a few
barriers along the way.
It was heart-wrenching to read about his brother Marky, sister
Freda & son Cory who all died too soon.
Dr J. praised the skills of his coaches & other basketball greats.
Such as Bill Russell, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson, Larry
Bird, Moses Malone etc. He mentioned one pro basketball player,
Billy Ray Bates, described as "an amazing athletic specimen" but
illiterate. No details were offered. Was Bates just passed from
one grade to the next? Did he "graduate" high school? "Graduate"
college? Erving kept his cool under stress. Imagine playing in
front of 17,000+ fans!!
Erving was involved in a court case for being committed to 3 pro
Erving was honest about his strengths & times he was imperfect.
But he rationalized having 2 "outside" babies, by 2 women other
than his wife. Either be married or single- just choose one!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was a great book for any sports fan to read. It's an honest and open take from one of basketball's greats, taking you through key moments of the life and basketball... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GMoore4
I'm not a big sports fan and got this book to read about the infidelity and interactions with the former spouse. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Wilson
Good Book Dr.j Was One Of The Many Great Player To Play The Game And Was A Insperation He great at What he Did, One Of The Greastest Players To Wear Number 6 I recommend this book... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike
Very informative autobiography. Due to the intense stories, this book is not suggested for younger children. Still a great book about Dr. J.Published 9 months ago by T
I purchased this for my brother for Christmas. He said he loved it.Published 10 months ago by Mr. Ray