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Julius Winfield Erving Do you want to know where Michael Jordan the best player to ever play basketball learned how to play the game Michael has said many times If it werent for Julius Erving I would not be the player that I am today In this paper I will tell you all about Julius Erving also known as Dr J From his statistics to how and where he became one of the best players to ever play the game of basketball Julius Erving born 1950 was one of the great superstars of professional basketball during the 1970s and 1980s He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and went on to work for NBC as a studio analyst for their basketball coverage Dr J began his career playing for the fledgling American Basketball Association a league started to compete with the long-established National Basketball Association He played for several years for the New York Nets being named most valuable player for the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons After the merger of the two leagues in 1976 Erving was traded to the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers where he continued a phenomenal career Playing in several all-star games setting a plethora of records and altering the way the game was played forever by drawing attention away from the center-focused game At the time of his retirement from the game he was basketballs third-highest scorer WOW Erving attended Roosevelt High School in Roosevelt Long Island He maintained his passion for basketball and was named to the All-County and All-Long Island teams After graduation Erving was offered several basketball scholarships by some of the best colleges in the country He chose the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where his basketball mentors friend was the coach In his first year at U-Mass Erving led the freshman team to an undefeated season He broke the schools freshman records for scoring and rebounding In his next year Erving again had
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