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Dr. J can still dunk a baksetball at age 63 (VIDEO)

Jun 11, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

Can you imagine if a 63-year-old guy dunked on you in a game of pickup?

If you haven’t seen the fantastic NBA TV documentary on Julius Erving, “The Doctor,” you should. Find another showing. It is a great look at the player and his impact on the game, on Philadelphia, and it’s a great look at one man’s quest to win a ring. It’s also moving as Erving talks about the death of his father and his son.

Oh, and he can still dunk. The documentary shows that, too.

While it’s not quite as high, you can still see the graceful outline of a guy who was one of the great dunkers the game has ever seen in there.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I’m pretty sure thats just Kyrie Irving in his Uncle Erving costume

  2. stumpzzz - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I’d take him over 1/2 the starting Centers in the league.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Really?

  3. nowyouknow2000 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    It would have been hilarious if he dunked on Michael Cooper…

  4. cfutch - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    He’s gotta be the oldest person to ever Dunk a Basketball on a 10 foot hoop. Someone needs to Fact Check that. Guinness Book of World Records where you at?

    • contraryguy - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      I’d hate to bet against Bill Russell being able to do it; and Russell is 79. Record or not, it is fun to see Dr. J in motion.

    • karlton3 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      If not Russell, Kareem is 3 years older than Dr. J and can probably do it.

  5. asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Amazing athlete even at 63!

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      but he probably wears Depends for men.

  6. dsharpe8 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    He impressed me with that one!!!

  7. chicitybulls - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Watched this last night and it was GREAT!!!. Very good DOC-umentary. (He talked more about the death of his brother than the death of his father but readers of this site are used to the inaccuracies). Very impressed that he stayed the course after not winning a championship after all of the years in the NBA. It paid off for him when he did win. That’s impressive and honorable. Not pointing any fingers at anyone. I’m just saying. Great man. Class does not being to describe him.

  8. brotherlove2012 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    People need to stop acting like 63 is “ancient” nowadays if you take care of your body with all the medical advances and specific medecines, it’s not that difficult to stay healthy and productive for a long time. It makes me laugh when people make “depends” jokes, keep in mind that karma is a bit** sometimes, and alao remember that everyone gets older, there is no exception to that rule … :-))

  9. dirtyjerseysports - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Knicks working out a 3yr $6 million deal.

    • scorp16 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Prokhorov just upped it to 10 mil.

  10. jadaruler - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Dr. J has a better chance of dunking Lebron than Splitter does.

  11. brianjoates - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    That documentary was great, what they failed to mention though was that Dr. J was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972,which would have created the greatest Big 3 ever. Three of the greatest players to ever play the game on one team in Big O, The Captain and Doc. Too bad those highlights never came to fruition.

    Doc kind of gets skipped over when we talk about the greats. It seems to always be Wilt, Russell, Magic, Bird, Jordan and we go right to Shaq, Kobe and Lebron. So, glad the NBA channel helped educate some younger fans about how much Dr.J means to basketball.

    • scorp16 - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Completely agree. Another one who doesn’t get respect is Dominique Wilkins…….If he would have won a ring….he’d be in the conversation about the greats……an amazing talent none the less.

      The next documentary should be about the true GOAT……Kareem.

      • brianjoates - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        I have such a hard time with the 4 great centers( Wilt, Kareem, Russell and Shaq-yes Shaq, there has never been anything like him and he dominated his position during his era). Wilt was so unstoppable, Russell won everything, and Kareem did it all, he dominated at every level-just an amazing career.

        The players from the late 60’s up until the 80’s get the nod for their talent, but it seems like a lost time in basketball. The game was evolving so much with the two leagues and two totally different games being played. Which without it we would not have the game we have today, we all would be playing some form of updated Cousy ball.

  12. franklinandbashandflorio - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    It’s the fish that saved Pittsburg whooooa, Hey!

  13. jimeejohnson - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I saw Dr. J play for the old ABA Nets when I was in 7th grade. As a kid, you could just cruise around the arena, getting mighty close to the court’s corners, as I did. That’s when Erving pulled up for a corner jumper, and I saw the soles of his sneakers! They weren’t Converse All-Stars, either. Julius Erving probably started the whole sneaker craze, and he wore Adidas or Pumas which were relative newcomers in the USA.

  14. 2bemoore43 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    @brianjoates: Shaq dominated everybody during his day???!! Hakeem Olajuwon? Ever hear of him?

    • brianjoates - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      The Dream is the 5th greatest center of all time. Then Mikan, Moses, Walton, Admiral and Ewing.

      Dream for sure took Shaq to school in the Finals, but overall Shaq gets the slight nod over Dream for their careers. Though you take either guy and you have a top five greatest center of all-time, can’t go wrong.

  15. somekat - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Most great players, you look at and say “if they played 10 years earlier, they’d be unstoppable”

    Why is Doc on another level? Because he’s on of the few that you can look at and say “if he played 10 years LATER, he’d of been unstoppable”. He was athletically ahead of his time, the game had to catch up to him

    In Football, there’s Jim Brown and Randall Cunningham. In hockey, there is Paul Coffey and Gretzky, in Baseball there is Clemente, in Basketball there’s Jordan and the Doctor. They are a rare bread. I think LeBron could be on that type of list one day, I can’t even think of another guy in any of the other sports I would put on that level

    • sasquash20 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Wilt, Russell and Kareem all would have dominated any era they were in. Wilt used to hydrate by drinking soda. What else did he do wrong because they didn’t know better?

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