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SAN ANTONIO, June 7 -- Not to go all Dickie V., but yo, are you kiddin' me?!
I just shook the right hand that rocked the cradle better than anyone whoever lived. Go ask Michael Cooper. That is the hand of the man that defied Newton on a nightly basis when he played in the ABA and NBA - but most memorably when he flew up and around a pair of Lakers including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and behind the backboard to flip in a bucket in the NBA Finals.
If you don't who I am talking about - stop. Go googling or use your own favorite search engine of choice to educate yourself on Julius Erving. Better yet, click here.
Most folks know him as Dr. J. Brent Musburger as the play-by-play broadcaster for CBS, where we watched the best in basketball, mellifluously called him, "The Doctooooor."
All together, a great trio of NBA wing players.
Clyde and Doc both expect a great series.
"It could be one of the best Finals we have seen in a while," said Drexler. "There will be defense but still some offense. The Cavs have a fighting chance but the Spurs have the distinct advantage of experience and executing down the stretch."
Doc shared his torn allegiances between rooting for the Cavs, an Eastern Conference team, the conference he played 11 years with for the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Spurs, an old ABA team, the league that holds a special place in the heart of the former New York Net (now New Jersey).
Since I am in the presence of Clyde, I had to ask him about the 1983 NCAA semi-final game between his Houston Cougars and the Louisville Cardinals.
"The best college game of all time," said Drexler. "The whole game was above the rim."
The Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province in San Antonio are big fans of the Spurs. ABC's Good Morning America is also here for a story on them. Five of them have made it to Game 1.
With just 10 months in the convent, the newly professed Sister Cynthia attended the game in her Robert Horry jersey. The sister quickly become a Spurs fan.
"If I weren't, the kids at the school, St. James the Apostle, where we teach are so big of Spurs fans, it would rub off on me," said Sister Cynthia.
The biggest Spurs fan of the sisterhood may be Sister Ann. She has been a coach for three teams. She toiled on the sidelines at Mary Help of Christian, on the lower east side of Manhattan at East 12th St. Sister Ann also coached in Philadelphia at Mater Dolorosa.
"The Spurs work hard and are all about team play," said Sister Ann. "They are also so community oriented."
"I thought when they told me to go to the NBA Finals, I thought it was the National Baking Association," joked Marjorie Johnson.
Marjorie Johnson of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno fame is here at her first NBA game. Since January, the Blue Ribbon Baker has made frequent appearances on the late night talk show but now has taken her recipes on the road.
At Media Day, she was handing out her cookies to players with a smile and a kind word.
The diminutive baker who lives in a Minneapolis suburb and won't reveal her age simply loves to bake and loves people.
"I'm like Jack Benny," said Johnson. "You know he stopped counting at 39. So did I. I'm ageless and don’t think about age."
The bundle of energy is contagious. I feel younger just talking to her.
"Baking is such much fun," said Johnson. "I mean you take a few things like sugar and flour but what you get out of it is so delicious. You start out with meat and potatoes and that’s what you end up with."
"It really is a creative art form," said Johnson.
Sort of like basketball.
Terry Crews, the actor who plays Julius, the dad in the Chris Rock inspired sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris is sitting with Eva Longoria.
"I'm a big fan," said Juli…I mean Crews.
"Eva and I have been friends for a while and she introduced me to Tony (Parker) after he saw White Chicks and loved it," said Crews.
The former NFL football player who expects a tough series could not resist the invitation to his first NBA Finals game and fortunately there was break in the shooting schedule (the episode where Rock will make his on camera debut in the show) that allowed him to make it.
"You see I'm wearing my black," said Crews, pointing to his sweater. "I'm feeling the energy and I'm hyped."