This Day in Black History: Feb. 22, 1950

AMHERST, MA - 1970:  Julius Erving #32 of the Massachusetts Minutemen poses for a portrait circa 1970 at the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Feb. 22, 1950

Commonly known as Dr. J, NBA star Julius Erving was born in Roosevelt, New York, on Feb. 22, 1950.

Published February 22, 2014

Widely known as Dr. J, Julius Erving, an NBA legend who changed the game with his own unique playing style consisting of spins and swirls in the air, was born in Roosevelt, New York, on Feb. 22, 1950.

Erving attended the University of Massachusetts and entered the American Basketball Association in 1971 as a player for the Virginia Squires. After two seasons, he went on to play for the New York Nets until 1976 when he was picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers.

The team soon began to flourish with Erving's presence and the team took the NBA championship in 1983. Dr. J was also an 11 time NBA all-star and a two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1977 and 1983. In 1987, Erving retired from the NBA and was considered one of the greatest dunkers of all time. He has scored 30,000 points in his professional career.

In 1993, Erving was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Since retiring he has worked as a sports analyst for NBC and pursued business opportunities within the league such as holding an executive position with the Orlando Magic.

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