His mother knows him as Julius Winfield Erving II, the world knows him as “Dr. J”, the NBA “flying dunk” legend and now “Dr. J” has written his own prescription about who he was and who he is now.
All the way from Roosevelt, New York to the present, Mr. Erving has truly had his share of life’s ups and downs. I have read excerpts of his recent book and I know it will be a best seller especially because he is teaming up with Taro Greenfield. Mr. Erving is touring and promoting his book. On Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. he will be making his “signing book” appearance at the Barnes and Nobles Book Seller; 2900 Peachtree Road NE; Atlanta, Georgia. The remaining book tour will be announced at a later date.
In 1968, the same year the assassination of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy was deeply rooted in our hearts and mind, a young Julius was heading for the University of Massachusetts to start his great basketball adventures. He was a free agent going to the American Basketball Association (ABA) but showcased so much talent by winning two Championships with his teams, the Virginia Squires and New York Nets.
He transitioned to the National Basketball Association (NBA) and that’s when he literally soared more with his flashy-swoop slam dunks with extended flying and hangtime. We can’t forget him sporting the cool afro hairdo in the 70’s and his smooth, charismatic ways. I may have been young but I remember those years.
By the end of "Dr. J’s" basketball career, he had won almost every award a basketball player could earn. This included two Championships with his ABA teams and one Championship with the NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983 when they thrilled the fans by winning the series from the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers who featured other legends, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson. He retired in 1987 as his “Farewell Tour” and became a Hall of Famer in 1993.
Now he is a retired NBA player and the Strategic Advisor for the Philadelphia 76ers. However, living the glamorous, rich life of an NBA player, a husband and father, there have been some ups and downs and challenges. That is why he had such a strong desire to write his own prescription in “Dr. J”: Autobiography.
He will highlight how his 31 year marriage to his first wife, Turquoise was tested heavily when their son Corey tragedy died; him fathering two children while still married; how he met his tennis Olympic Bronze Winning daughter, Alexandra Stevenson for the first time and the inner thoughts of the highs and lows of being a professional athlete.
Please join one of American’s greatest basketball players of all times, Mr. Julius “Dr. J” Erving who will be signing his autobiography. Stay tune for Splash Magazine Review when it will consist of photos, interviews from "Dr. J" and several of his Philadelphia 76ers Championship teammates. Come on out and be part of history!!
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