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Visit with the Doctor

Author: Lyle

While in Dallas this week I was extremely lucky to meet Julius Erving.  He seems to have a connection to a healthcare software company, as I’ve seen him at several trade shows over the years.  But, I never was able to press through the line to actually talk to him.  Thanks to the economy, the attendence was low enough that it was easier this time.

Julius Erving in 1981 performing a slam dunk. (Jim Accordino at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmyack205/)

Julius Erving in 1981 performing a slam dunk. (Jim Accordino at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmyack205/)

The funny part was actually being nervous about this.  I had seen him play a few times when I was young at the Spectrum (which he told me was going to be torn down very shortly), and seeing him play in person was somewhat sureal.  When we watch NBA players now their jumping ability is often taken for granted.  But, Dr. J was the one who showed us man could fly.  I remember watching him leap from the foul line and dunk the ball, and the first time you saw it you couldn’t believe it – as if you just looked away and your brain told you that’s not what really happened.  Then, you see it again, and again, and you realize someone actually can jump that far and high.

He couldn’t have been a nicer guy – sitting there shaking hands and talking with all those strangers.  For someone whose family is from Philadelphia while he played for the Sixers it was just a great experience.

I have the pictures to prove it, also!

Meeting Dr. J

Meeting Dr. J

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(Dr. J photo from Wikipedia under Creative Commons license.  See here.  Dr. J & Lyle photo taken by me October 6, 2009 in Grapevine, Texas).