Julius Erving

  • Aired:  11/05/13
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Basketball legend Julius Erving shares stories from "Dr. J: The Autobiography" and goes head-to-head with Stephen in a paper-tossing challenge. (6:16)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A BASKETBALLHALL OF FAMEIR WHO HELPED

MODERNIZE-- I'M GOING TO TAKE TOHIM ALL THE WAY FROM MIDTOWN.

PLEASE WELCOME JULIUS DR. J.

ERVING.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )DOCTOR GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> HI, HOW ARE YOU.

>> Stephen: NICE TO YOU HAVEON.

>> FINALLY, FINALLY.

>> Stephen: IT IS WONDERFULTO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF

GREATNESS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU GETTHE TERM "DR. J." DID YOU AROUND

THAT.

IS THAT AN HONORARY DEGREE.

>> I HAVE SEVERAL HONORARYDEGREES BUT I WAS CALLED DOCTOR

LONG BEFORE I GOT HONORARYDEGREES, MAYBE BACK AS LONG AS

TENTH, 11th GRADE IN HIGHSCHOOL.

I HAD A BUDDY I CALLED HIMPROFESSOR, HE CALLED ME THE

DOCTOR.

WE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOLTOGETHER.

WE WENT TO THE SAME UNIVERSITY,AND NOW WE'RE STILL THE BEST OF

FRIENDS LIVING IN ATLANTA,GEORGIA, PLAYING GOLF AGAINST

EACH OTHER.

>> Stephen: THAT AND MANYOTHER STORIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

IN "DR. J.: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY."

YOU NOT ONLY PLAYED BASKETBALL.

YOU CHANGED THE GAME OFBASKETBALL.

>> WELL, THANK YOU FOR SAYINGTHAT.

THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT.

>> Stephen: WELL I THANK YOUFOR DOING THAT.

BECAUSE BEFORE YOU THERE WASNO--

>> WELL, THERE WAS, ACTUALLY.

>> Stephen: NO TWOULD BE ABETTER BOOK IF THERE WASN'T.

>> I HAVE TO TELL YOU, WHEN IWAS GROWING UP, I USED TO WATCH

THE BIG GUYS, AND I WOULD SEETHEM DUNK THE BALL.

>> AND WOULD SEE THEM DO THINGSAROUND THE HOOP, AND I ALWAYS

IMAGINED MYSELF DOING THAT.

AND SO, WHEN I GOT BIG ENOUGH TODO IT, I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO

DO IT JUST LIKE THEY DID IT.

I WANTED TO DO IT MY OWN WAY.

AND -->> Stephen: WITH A LITTLE

STYLE.

>> AND I WAS ABLE TO DO THAT,YOU KNOW, TO HAVE SOME

INNOVATION.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THATLIKE?

WHAT WILL PEOPLE-- WHAT WAS--WHEN YOU WOULD TAKE OFF FROM THE

FOUL LINE AND JUST-- JUST SAILLIKE AN ANGEL THROUGH THE AIR

AND COME THUNDERING DOWN INVEFNLENCE UPON WHY YOU WERE

ENEMIES BY PUTTING THE BALLRIGHT THROUGH THE HOOP AND SWEAT

SPRAYING OFF YOU LIKE A FOG OFTESTOSTERONE THAT WOULD SUCK THE

LADIES OUT OF STANDS INTO THEBACK SEAT OF YOUR LIMO, WHAT WAS

THAT FEELING?

WHAT WAS THAT SPHEELG LIKE?

>> IT WAS EPIC.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

BUT YOU KNOW I WAS INSPIRED BYNEW YORK.

YOU KNOW, I GREW UP HERE IN NEWYORK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

SO WHEN I GOT BIG ENOUGH AND BADENOUGH TO PLAY UPTOWN WITH THE

BIG BOYS, THEY'D BE SIT OOGHTEDGE OF THE-- ON THE EDGE OF THE

PLAYGROUND WITH THEIR FEAT ONTHE COURT, AND YOU'D COME DOWN

AND MAKE A MOVE AND GO TO THEHOOP, AND YOU'D GO RUNNING BACK

DOWN THE COURT, IT'S LIKE, "YOUCAN DO BETTER THAN THAT.

YOU CAN JUMP FROM FARTHER OUTTHAN THAT."

CHALLENGING YOU IN A SPECIALWAY.

AND SOMETIMES I'D BE GULLIBLEENOUGH TO GO FOR IT.

I COULD PROBABLY JUMP FROM ALITTLE FARTHER OUT, EIGHT FEET

OUR, 10 FEET OUT, 12 FEET OUT.

THE FOUL LINE WAS 15 FEET OUT.

SO THAT WAS THE ULTIMATE TO BEABLE TO JUMP FROM THE FOUL LINE.

THAT'S HOW I HONED THAT SKILL.

I WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE PEOPLESITTING ON THE SIDELINES IN HARL

WOMEN THEIR FEET ON THE COURTBECAUSE THEY SAID, "WE THINK YOU

CAN DO IT."

AND I DID.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: YOU'VE SEEN SOMEGREAT IN YOUR TIME-- LARRY BIRD,

YOU PLAYED AGAINST KAREEM.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FACE OFF WITHTHE GREATEST OF ALL TIME RIGHT

NOW?

>> I'M DOWN LIKE REBOUND.

>> Stephen: WATCH THIS.

HERE WE GO.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

10?

10 BALLS OF PAPER.

THERE'S THE BASKET.

THERE IT IS.

READY?

>> YUP.

IS IT THE RACE FOR WHO GETS THEMOST --

>> Stephen: YOU CAN TAKE ALLTHE TIME YOU NEED, OLD MAN.

>> HE'S GOT THAT RIGHT.

I AM OLD.

>> Stephen: DO YOU WANT TOTAKE A SHOT FIRST?

>> I'LL TAKE A SHOT FIRST.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

NOT BAD.

NOT BAD FOR A COUNTRY BOY.

HE'S BEEN PROOK-- PRACTICING.

( APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: IT'S JUST PAPER,

MAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )IS THAT SIX?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )IS THAT SIX?

>> Stephen: 7.

>>7!

>> Stephen: OKAY, LAST TWO,LAST TWO.

>> WAIT A MINUTE.

OH, OKAY.

I CAN GET TO SEVEN.

>> Stephen: OKAY HIT SEVEN.

>> I CAN GET TO SEVEN.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU GET TOSEVEN?

>> I CAN GET TO SEVEN NOW.

TURN AROUND, LIKE YOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> OH!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> OH!

THAT COULD BE A PROBLEM.

( LAUGHTER )HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

( APPLAUSE )THAT WAS SO NICE OF YOU.

>> Stephen: JULIUS ERVING,THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THE BOOK IS "DR. J."

THE GREAT JULIUS ERVING.

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