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Dr. J says Andrew Bynum is ‘damaged goods’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 5, 2013 @ 10:23 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA – Julius Erving said the Los Angeles Lakers traded the Philadelphia 76ers “damaged goods” in Andrew Bynum, called analytics “turning basketball into rocket science” and predicted the San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Miami Heat for the NBA championship while speaking Wednesday night at Xfinity Live in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
Erving spoke before a special premiere of “The Doctor,” a documentary produced by NBA TV on the life of the Hall of Famer and former 76ers great, who helped lead Philadelphia to a sweep of the Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals, the organization’s most recent title. He also helped the Sixers reach the finals in 1977, ’80, and ’82.
The 90-minute movie, narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, will air at 9 p.m. June 10 on NBA TV.
Erving used the slam dunk to revolutionize pro basketball and pave the way for the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. He is a four-time league MVP, a three-time league champion and was named an All-Star in every season of his 16-year Hall of Fame pro playing career, including 11 spent in a Sixers jersey.
“You know you see these super heroes where they’re like Clark Kent and they take their glasses and suit off and put on their cape and they’re a super hero,” former Sixers coach and Erving’s teammate, Doug Collins, says in the movie. “He’d put on his uniform, got the ‘fro ready to go and it was almost like he was putting on the outfit to be Dr. J.”
In addition to his playing career, the film addresses three tragedies in Erving’s life, which he speaks publicly about for the first time – the deaths of his father when he was 9 years old, his brother Marvin when he was 19 and his youngest son, Cory, after an automobile accident.
“From an emotional standpoint, it’s very draining, very taxing to try and recall and recount things that were part of your past that you really just don’t deal with in your current life,” Erving said. “You don’t deal with on a day-to-day basis. … They found some stones to look under … [For more on Dr. J says Andrew Bynum is 'damaged goods', click here.]
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