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Julius Erving Quotes

Julius Erving is more commonly known to many people simply as “Dr. J”.

Before we had “one-name-wonders” such as Kobe, Magic, Mike, or Shaq, Dr. J was lighting it up on basketball courts all across America.

Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles while playing with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. If you combine his ABA and NBA careers, he scored 30,026 points.

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Julius Erving Quotes (1-5)

  • “I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.”
  • “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.”
  • “I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn’t moved on me yet.”
  • “I am very proud to be featured, especially when you consider the outstanding champions who have had this honor. It is great company to be in.”
  • “I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect…”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (6-10)

  • “It’s better to stay too long than to leave too soon.”
  • “I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.”
  • “I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good.”
  • “I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.”
  • “I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (11-15)

  • “My mom is one of 14 children. She’s a great lady. She’s a Taurus. Has been a profound influence in my life, still is to this day. Born in meager surroundings in rural South Carolina.”
  • “Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.”
  • “So much of becoming a good athlete involves bringing other things to the table, other than physical skills. It involves intelligence, it involves many of the things that you learn during the process of being educated. How to analyze, how to assess, how to equate, how to reason.”
  • “One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.”
  • “My role models in the business were the older guys on my team when I first got there: Gray Scott, Adrian Smith, Roland Taylor. These were the guys who took me under their wing, and really schooled me in terms of what the business was about.”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (16-20)

  • “I think I was chosen by basketball, although I never really physically got drafted to any team that I played for.”
  • “I started playing professional basketball in 1971, and I played professionally for five seasons before going to Philadelphia.”
  • “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.”
  • “If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.”
  • “Goals determine what you’re going to be.”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (21-25)

  • “And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.”
  • “That was just my own personal program: I didn’t want to get too high over the good moments because I didn’t want to be saddened and depressed when things didn’t go as I had planned.”
  • “There’s the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people’s lives, things that had really happened.”
  • “When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.”
  • “When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (26-30)

  • “The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.”
  • “Every team that I’ve played on, I’ve either been the captain or co-captain.”
  • “I didn’t want to become a reserve player, or a bench player, and it was time to move on and take on another challenge.”
  • “I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.”
  • “I think that my God-given physical attributes, big hands, and big feet, the way that I’m built, proportion-wise, just made basketball the most inviting sport for me to play.”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (31-35)

  • “If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It’s very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that’s never been more clearly evident than in today’s NBA game.”
  • “In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.”
  • “Many people think sports are totally physical, that you don’t have to think, everything is done for you and you’re catered to, I found that to be so far removed from the truth that it’s almost a joke. The ones who become stars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.”
  • “If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you’ve got a problem.”
  • “Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts, but I don’t remember any depression, or needing to do anything, or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.”
  • Julius Erving Quotes (36-37)

  • “I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.”
  • “I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.”

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