Today in Sports History: May 11

In 1980, Julius Erving made one of the most memorable plays in basketball history. The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers were facing off in Game 4 of the Finals when Erving faced off with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers. After evading Mark Landsberger, Erving jumped for the basket and changed course mid-air. He floated behind the backboard to the other side of the basket then wrapped his right arm behind Kareem and laid in a reverse layup. Erving is the only player voted MVP in both the ABA and the NBA and is known for his modern style of play which emphasizes leaping. Erving ranks eighth in career points with an ABA-NBA combined total of 30,026. He is credited with popularizing the slam dunk. In 1994, he named one of the 40 most important athletes of all time by Sports Illustrated. Erving was a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Team and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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