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YouTube Gold: Dr J Explodes On Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Dunking on a 7-2 legend is impressive even 40 years later

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar And Julius Erving
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and basketball player (AKA Dr J) Julius Erving during a charity basketball game, 1985.
Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images

In the early ‘80s, there were three great NBA teams: the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Lakers-Celtics rivalry gets most of the attention but Philly had a great team and went toe-to-toe with both.

To an extent, the greatness of Julius Erving has been overshadowed by the brighter star that was Michael Jordan but Erving was an incredible player and he changed the game.

He still has several iconic plays - the fabulous looping shot where he went behind the backboard and scooped it in and a coast-to-coast drive that ended in a spectacular dunk.

Both came against the Lakers.

So did these two dunks over Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The first one is really spectacular because he never touches the ball with his left hand. Think about that.

He drives hard and picks the ball up with his right hand and moves straight into the dunk. It’s an amazing thing to see.