(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hall of Famer Julius Erving, an NBA and ABA champion, is considered one of the greatest basketball players ever and one of the sport’s finest ambassadors. He is an 11-time NBA All-Star and league MVP. As part of an Associated Press series on the NBA at 75, the player known as “Dr. J” shares some of the experiences that provided him with the foundation to help lead the transformation of the league during the 1980s.)
Those of us who played in the NBA in the 1980s definitely played a role in what the league has become today.