Leading it off was a gravity-defying move by Julius Erving from the 1983 finals pitting his Sixers against the Los Angeles Lakers. In the play, Erving leaves his feet and leaps toward the right side of the basket. With the ball in his hand, he glides behind the backboard and around L.A. defenders. Once clear of opponents, he takes and makes a shot from the other side of the hoop.
Thirty years later, Erving, who was better known as Dr. J, is demonstrating he can still defy gravity …. and old age. In a new NBA TV documentary, “The Doctor,” Erving, 63, dunks a basketball. Pardon the repetition, but: At three score and three years, Dr. J can still dunk a basketball. Whoa.
Thus far, what has followed ESPN’s nifty little intro has been amazing feats from LeBron James and many others. However, none more so than a man in his 60s throwing it down.
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