Julius Erving is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. Known and revered as the incredible “Dr. J,” Erving was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Three years later, he was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team. To date, Julius is the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history, with 30,026 points between his ABA (1971-1976) and NBA (1976-1987) years.
On Friday, February 18, 2011, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presented Julius Erving with Hennessy’s Privilege Award. The award was created in 2003 and serves as recognition for outstanding individuals who give back to their communities through service, leadership or the arts. Just a few moments before the award ceremony, Julius Erving managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the importance of service, the need for mentorship, and the dynamic relationship between basketball and hip-hop.