Julius “Dr. J” Erving has been everywhere the past few weeks promoting a documentary that's titled, of course, “The Doctor.”
A former basketball revolutionary who helped the ABA and NBA merge and who guided the Philadelphia 76ers to their last championship, Erving tried to make headlines by saying the Sixers got the raw end of Andrew Bynum swap. But that attention lasted about a minute.
However, the latest promo stunt from the 63-year-old Hall of Famer and original slam dunk champion proves he can levitate like no one else his age.
It’s a short, eight-second clip. But it is certainly Dr. J dunking on a regulation rim, much to the envy of any player who has never even grazed the bottom of the rim at their athletic peak.
Erving made fans realize dunking from the free throw line was feasible when he was with the ABA, and when he later won the 1981 NBA MVP and a 1983 championship. If counting his points in the ABA, he’d rank No. 6 all-time on the NBA scoring list with 30,026 career points.
The doc premiered Tuesday night, and DimeMag’s review was largely glowing, except about the film’s reluctance to take on any touchy subjects.