The Doctor: Takeaways from Thrilling NBA TV Dr. J Documentary

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The Doctor: Takeaways from Thrilling NBA TV Dr. J Documentary
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

NBA TV did its best to fill the void between NBA Finals games with an extremely intriguing documentary about Julius Erving, simply titled The Doctor.

We got to go on a trip through every aspect of Dr. J's life as a basketball player; from his days playing basketball on the playground or at the local Salvation Army, to his high school, college, professional days and beyond.

There were stories about his nickname coming to be, incredible footage of him playing at Rucker Park, the tale of the downfall of the ABA, along with the rise of the dunk contest and his Philadelphia 76ers.

It left off with Dr. J going with the documentary crew to a gym to prove that he could still dunk. The last image we see of Doc as an old man is him reaching for a ball before cutting to old shots of him slamming on people's heads back in the day.

Did they cut out the footage at the end because he couldn't get back up anymore? Not in my mind.

There were plenty of things to take away from yet another stellar doc from NBA TV (The Dream Team, of course, was also amazing), some of them old news, but many of them new.

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