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Julius Erving
February 22, 1950 -
Nationality: American
Category: Athlete
Subcategory: American Athlete

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.


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.


When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.


I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.


I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.


If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.


And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it.


The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.


In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.


In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.


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.


I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.


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.


If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.


Every team that I've played on, I've either been the captain or co-captain.


When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.


When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.


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.


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.


And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.


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