SBD/June 10, 2013/Media
Erving Says Lots Of Effort Went Into Making Of "The Doctor," Calls It Not Typical Documentary
Published June 10, 2013
MORE POSITIVE REVIEWS: In Akron, George Thomas wrote “The Doctor” offers a “compelling portrait of the man, delving into his personal life, but maintaining the focus on the professional.” However, it is what the filmmakers “left out that’s equally compelling.” The film does not make any mention of “his biracial daughter who was born out of wedlock to a sportswriter with whom Erving had an affair.” Perhaps it is a subject "that he didn’t want to broach, which is his right, but it would have added that much more to the story of a man for whom image was extremely important” (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 6/9). CBSSPORTS.com’s Berger wrote the film "breathes new life into his legend” (CBSSPORTS.com, 6/8). SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote one of the “best parts” of the documentary is that it “provides basketball fans under 30 a visceral sense of just how transcendent Erving was as a player.” One of the film's strengths “is Erving returning to his native Long Island to retrace his basketball steps, including stops at the home he grew up in and the Nassau Coliseum, where he starred in the ABA with the Nets.” The film is “solid work by NBA TV and the footage of Erving in his prime is extraordinary” (SI.com, 6/9). In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes the film “will make basketball fans smile,” while it also “might make you cry.” But “hagiographies eventually stop at some point before a full portrait has been completed.” NBA TV “evidently decided that his on-court feats, his struggle to win an NBA title, his influence on Michael Jordan, his sensitivity as a father, his coolness and his role as a basketball ambassador were enough for 90 minutes” (N.Y. TIMES, 6/10).