Having just released Dr. J: The Autobiography
, Julius Erving
opens up about life off the court. The eleven-time NBA all-star speaks to Jian about his obsessions with women, using sports as an escape, and figuring out how to adjust to stardom.
Erving reflects on the struggle between his true self and his famous alter ego.
"I wanted to be seen
and addressed as and dealt with as Julius Erving, but I was forced many times
to be Dr J," he says. "It was a
battle. An ongoing battle. And I guess it's like being Superman and Clark Kent."
Despite having changed the way basketball is played, he wants people to remember him for his character.
"I want the post-career to count and I want the years
pre-career to count and I want the book to be read and for the life lessons to
be taken away."
This interview is part of this season's conversation series: Q on Sports: Legends, Rebels and Recordbreakers. Please visit the #QonSports microsite to see new and archival interviews that offer the smart and surprising takes on why sports matter.Dr. J speaks to Jian from our studio in New York City. (@OfficialDrJ6/Twitter)