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If the trailer for the new Julius Erving documentary “The Doctor” is as good as all the hype surrounding it, this should be one very compelling hour and a half of television.

 

Judging by the footage, the film will apparently chronicle Erving’s rise to prominence in the ABA as well as his career with the Sixers. Compared to other NBA greats, the former 76er has basically strayed from the limelight after his retirement, but he’s certainly dealt with his share of battles off the court since playing his last game in 1987. The trailer shows him visiting a gravesite, which presumably might be that of his late son, Corey, who died in 2000.  

 

In an era dominated by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Dr. J’s high flying theatrics helped bring the NBA to prominence. Sure, he didn’t win the same number of titles that Johnson (5) and Bird (3) did, but there was only one Dr. J.  Hopefully this documentary gives him even more of the praise he justly deserves.

 

The 90-minute documentary will air between Games 2 and 3 of The Finals on Monday, June 10, at 9 pm on NBA TV. Chances are the archived footage will be the only time you’ll see a Sixer playing in the NBA Finals for a long time.

 

Check it out!


 

 

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