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Julius Erving's transcendence

Updated: June 10, 2013, 3:24 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

It seemed like before Michael Jordan came along, everybody had a life with Doc.

It was just one of those things that everyone in general seemed to claim. Young, old, black, white, male, female, Democrat, Republican, Catholic, Baptist, Laker, Celtic. All of the in-betweens.

Unlike most (maybe any) other icons of their times, there seemed to be something unique about the relationship those who didn't know him had with Doc. He seemed to, without literally doing so, let us in. The wall ...

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