Episode 38: Dr. J (featuring Taylor Rooks)

Episode 38: Dr. J (featuring Taylor Rooks)

The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter - January 27, 2021 - 1:27:52

For some guests, firing off a string of superlatives just won't do them justice. That is definitely the case today. JJ and Tommy sit down with a true legend of the game, an individual that transcended the game in so many ways and laid a path for generations to follow, the one and only Dr. J, Julius Erving. The doctor gives us a peak behind the curtain and opens up about playing in the ABA, his roots at Rucker Park in Harlem, the '83 championship team with the 76'ers, his infamous fight with Larry Bird, and much more. Then to close out the episode, the magnificent Taylor Rooks joins the pod for the TOP 5/Draft. Controversial picks abound. RUNDOWN• Welcome• What was it like playing in those classic canvas high top shoes• When did he feel the turn came where shoes became a main focus of the fans• How he ended up playing in the ABA and what that league was like• On whether he can still dunk now• Talks about playing at Rucker Park in Harlem and the impact he had on that scene• The circumstances that led to him playing with the 76'ers in the NBA • On the legendary 1983 Championship team• Might his career have been different playing it in the social media era of today• What do players of his generation make up today's current NBA salaries• How did he feel when basketball started becoming a more 'player' focused league• Who was the best player he ever played against• Who is one of his favorite players in the NBA today • Walks through the infamous fight with Larry Bird

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New Orleans Pelicans Guard JJ Redick and his co-host Tommy Alter discuss the NBA, current events and interview some of the biggest names in the NBA, entertainment and political worlds. Launching from inside the NBA bubble, the show offers unprecedented access to the league while telling the stories of an eclectic rotating group of guests.