On this day in 1950, Dr. J was born in Roosevelt, New York


Philadelphia 76ers basketball player Julius Erving in 1981. (AP Photo)
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Julius Erving, widely known as Dr. J, was born February 22, 1950, in Roosevelt, New York.

Attending the University of Massachusetts, Erving honed his skills before entering the professional realm, eventually landing with the New York Nets further. However, it was his move to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1976 that truly propelled him into the spotlight.

Paired with his exceptional talent, Erving’s leadership and charisma helped elevate the 76ers to new heights, landing an NBA championship in 1983. Erving earned numerous accolades, including 11 NBA All-Star selections and two NBA All-Star Game MVP awards in 1977 and 1983.

His retirement in 1987 marked the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy that forever changed the way basketball was played and perceived.

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