By Julius Erving

With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a old self-portrait of an American legend, Julius "The health care provider" Erving.

With his flights of improvisation round the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving grew to become essentially the most charismatic (and progressive) avid gamers basketball has ever identified. yet whereas the general public has lengthy respected this cultural icon, few have ever identified of the double lifetime of Julius Erving. Dr. J lines the internal lives of the approximately ideal participant and the imperfect man—and how he has come to phrases with both.

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I hear Marky’s voice and he comes up beside my bed. ” “Even higher. ” Marky nods. ” I smile at Marky. I believe him. I watch basketball, from the window where in the afternoon I pay more attention to how older kids are playing. In the early evening, the court is taken over by high schoolers and grown men. They run us off the court. Sometimes, when they are short a man or two, they let me and Archie play with them. We’re the only kids who can occasionally run in the grown-up games, to play under the lights, and I know it’s because I can jump.

She is going to tell him to leave me alone. “Freda, don’t,” I say. I’m the man of the house, I think, and I can’t have my sister save me. She stops, seeming to understand, and now all the kids whose hands are reaching in, touching the pole for safety, are either looking at me and Joe Farmer or are rubbing their backs and behinds where they’ve been lashed. Bo smiles and takes a step toward me. I juke left, go right, he swings. I duck beneath the lash. I run. He swings again. I jump. I rise. Over the strap, and run to the pole where Freda hugs me safe.

Hot buttered peas! ” I hear it and it seems like the commotion of everyone running at the same time. There is the patter of sneakered feet against dirt and concrete, of kids leaping over the benches and running. I begin running, too, but too late. Robert, who everyone calls Bo, has the strap and he is swinging it, shouting, whipping kids, stinging their legs. He looks like a pirate waving his cutlass, a cowhand flailing a whip. The kids are shouting as the strap makes a wicked, snipping noise against their pant legs, their backs.

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