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Dr. J operated above the rest

Updated: January 22, 2007, 3:05 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"I'd go through the middle -- make the ball disappear, switch hands -- do something magical with it. The guy who was announcing the game kept calling me a lot of different nicknames, like Houdini or Little Hawk -- all kinds of stuff. So I said, if you're going to call me anything, just call me the Doctor." says Julius Erving on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

While others played the game of basketball on the ground, Julius Erving performed above it.

When he went ...

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