Roosevelt - (WALK) Family, fans and friends greeted basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving to celebrate the dedication of Julius Erving Avenue in his hometown of Roosevelt Thursday.
Erving, 63, AKA "Dr. J," was raised in Roosevelt, and became legendary for his skills, sportsmanship, and impressive Natural, while playing first for the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association (remembered best for its use of a red, white and blue basektball) and the Virginia Squires, and later with the Philadelphia 76ers after the ABA merged with National Basketball Association in 1976.
During his career, 1971 - 1987, the 6'-7" Erving played forward and guard and thrilled fans with his signature scoring move: the slam dunk. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1993, and into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Nassau County Legislature renamed a portion of Nassau Road, from the Southern State Parkway to Pleasant Avenue, in honor of Erving in October. During Thursday's celebration Erving wore a Roosevelt High School cap, and led a sing-along of the school's alma mater.
Photo: Steve Lipofsky