Julius Erving Quotes

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I demand more of myself than anyone else could ever expect.

-Julius Erving

If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It’s very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that’s never been more clearly evident than in today’s NBA game.

-Julius Erving

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.

-Julius Erving

You know, just in terms of having to have a life on the road, you know, having the celebrity aspect be a burden for my family, friends and extended family.

-Julius Erving

Goals determine what you’re going to be.

-Julius Erving

But you know, we have a very normal family. We’ve had our ups and downs. You know, we’ve had our issues, but we’ve had great cause for celebration.

-Julius Erving

That was just my own personal program: I didn’t want to get too high over the good moments because I didn’t want to be saddened and depressed when things didn’t go as I had planned.

-Julius Erving

Every team that I’ve played on, I’ve either been the captain or co-captain.

-Julius Erving

I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.

-Julius Erving

You can feel the vibes, feel the people pulling for you.

-Julius Erving

With the crowds on your side, it’s easier to play up to your potential.

-Julius Erving

But you know, if you live an affluent lifestyle, there are all types of trappings that are there that you have to be cognizant of, and you’ve got to try and communicate freely and gain understanding about and then keep moving on, because you know, sometimes lifestyles are chosen for us as opposed to us choosing them.

-Julius Erving

As a kid, I played a lot of one-on-none.

-Julius Erving

If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you’ve got a problem.

-Julius Erving

When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.

-Julius Erving

To be great we need to win games we aren’t supposed to win.

-Julius Erving

I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.

-Julius Erving

I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.

-Julius Erving

One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don’t think there will be change, whether you want it to or not.

-Julius Erving

And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.

-Julius Erving

You know, just in terms of having to have a life on the road, you know, having the celebrity aspect be a burden for my family, friends and extended family.

-Julius Erving

I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.

-Julius Erving

In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.

-Julius Erving

My role models in the business were the older guys on my team when I first got there: Gray Scott, Adrian Smith, Roland Taylor. These were the guys who took me under their wing, and really schooled me in terms of what the business was about.

-Julius Erving

Because of the makeup of the NBA, it cannot afford for the public to turn on them.

-Julius Erving

When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.

-Julius Erving

And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight – I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub – there were things that I liked about it.

-Julius Erving

 

 

In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.

-Julius Erving

I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.

-Julius Erving

There’s the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people’s lives, things that had really happened.

-Julius Erving

Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts, but I don’t remember any depression, or needing to do anything, or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.

-Julius Erving

I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good.

-Julius Erving

I live my life trying to never appear to be a small man.

-Julius Erving

I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.

-Julius Erving

When I played, the owners had the power. The prisoners are running the prison now, not the warden. The warden is strong and he has say so but, the balance of power is definitely with the players.

-Julius Erving

I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.

-Julius Erving

One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.

-Julius Erving

 

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