Before Michael Jordan owned my childhood, Julius Erving owned your father’s childhood or depending on your age your grandparent’s childhood. There are plenty of mythical stories about Dr. J that somehow will be all packed into a neat little spot on NBATV when his documentary “The Doctor” premieres on June 10th.

While the beginning feels of the NBA Finals begin to play out, my eyes and ears as a basketball historian will open up and try to imagine a world where the most popular basketball player on the planet could literally walk in air, create with relative ease and had enough style to supposedly dunk a basketball while picking out his afro at the same time. Like most of our heroes, Doc has experienced his fair share of highs and reported lows but that’s usually what makes these stories great – our larger than life figures become humanized before our very eyes.