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June 8, 2013 Updates

None of what the NBA has become would have been possible, would've looked quite like it does, if not for the soaring talents, soothing voice and incomparable style of The Doctor. And so the timing couldn't be better for a remarkable documentary by that name, the story of Erving's life and impact airing Monday night on NBA TV. "All the basketball stuff, revisiting all that again wasn't burdensome," the great Erving told CBSSports.com. "But it was a challenge to remember and recall a lot of it because it's not something I'm constantly reminded of. You only see so many highlights. "When you play 1,200 games or more, you're not going to remember all the games -- nor do you want to, nor do you want to be stuck in that place between 1971 and 1987," Erving said. "I don't want to be stuck there. I don't mind going back to visit, but I don't want to run around wearing No. 6 and No. 32." CBSSports.com

"LeBron is such a gifted athlete, and he's way beyond the man-child aspect, the first impression," Erving said. "It's Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and LeBron, OK? I mean these are guys when they were freshmen in high school, they probably could've been pros. I can only think of those three, and then George McGinnis was probably like that. Some get to the mountaintop and others don't. There's no guarantee. "Even though you're gifted with that type of body and you're a man-child, you still have to work at it -- work harder than anyone else, still have to develop your skills, still have to increase your IQ in terms of your sport. He's doing all that. ... He's on such a path right now that he could surpass Michael and he could surpass Kareem. Those are the guys I think are the NBA's best of all time. He's in that conversation, and he'll stay in that conversation." CBSSports.com

But Erving also appreciates that so many of the modern stars -- Bryant, James, Kevin Durant -- recognize and speak freely about the path that Erving and others paved for them. "I don't think LeBron is generous with praise of others," Erving said. "Certainly, those first five or six years he wasn't, and now he is in the later years. That's all part of his growth and development where he could appreciate what transpired before. "I'm certainly appreciative of anything he has to say that compliments me or other people who have made great contributions to the game of basketball," he said. "And that is a significant part of his evolution." CBSSports.com

June 6, 2013 Updates

Julius Erving said the Los Angeles Lakers traded the Philadelphia 76ers "damaged goods" in Andrew Bynum, called analytics "turning basketball into rocket science" and predicted the San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Miami Heat for the NBA championship while speaking Wednesday at Xfinity Live in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Erving spoke before a special premiere of The Doctor, a documentary produced by NBA TV on the life of the Hall of Famer and former 76ers great, who helped lead Philadelphia to a sweep of the Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals, the organization's most recent title. He also helped the Sixers reach the finals in 1977, '80, and '82. USA Today Sports

June 5, 2013 Updates

Julius Erving, 63 said he can still dunk. He said that while he's primarily known as a 76er and is cognizant of and humbled by his legacy, today's NBA players are known more as mercenaries and that now basketball fans tend to follow players more than teams. He illustrated his point by saying that one of his sons' favorite players is LeBron James, while another son's favorite is Derrick Rose – and that if Rose joined the Sixers, his son would still like the point guard but wouldn't be a Sixers fan. USA Today Sports

Erving said he enjoys his role as a special consultant to the 76ers ownership group led by Joshua Harris, which is entering its third season and recently hired former Houston Rockets assistant general manager Sam Hinkie as president and GM. He said he believes the owners will turn the 76ers into a championship contender, but cautioned that it'll require a degree of shrewdness and common sense to make it happen, alluding to the team's ill-fated acquiring of Bynum, whose knee injuries prevented the center from playing a single game last season, as a major misstep. USA Today Sports

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To the one hundredth of one percent of humans who have experienced what it's like to bounce 40 inches-plus in the air with nothing but a pair high tops to get you there, jumping is an artistic expression. "It's an art form, it really is," Robinson says. "A guy like Gerald Green controls his hops and his jumps are for a purpose. Julius Erving had big hands. He was always moving the ball all around; he made it look like magic in the air. Then you have explosive dunkers who jump high and dunk hard like Dominique Wilkins. Me? I'm an energy jumper. My jumping ability is more like an explosive Dennis Rodman, and since I'm shorter, it looks crazy. I'm just a guy out there who's trying to show the world what I can do. Not too many 5-9 guys can dunk like I can." Yahoo! Sports

January 11, 2013 Updates

He never had a crossover move. Never hit a game-winning shot. Never dunked. Surely never shattered a backboard. But Dave Zinkoff was as much a part of 76ers lore as Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain and Darryl Dawkins. The Zink was the public-address announcer for the Sixers from 1963 until his death in 1985, with the exception of the 1980-81 season. But it was who he was and how he announced that set him apart from the rest, that got him into the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (the only PA announcer so honored), that got his "microphone" retired, that caused the Celtics' Red Auerbach to call Zink the Sixers' sixth man. "Certainly," said former Sixers general manager Pat Williams, "he was the most celebrated public-address announcer in American sports." Philadelphia Inquirer

June 3, 2012 Updates

Julius Erving -- known the world over as Dr. J -- didn't bother to respond to a lawsuit claiming he defaulted on a GIANT loan ... so now he's lost the case and has been ordered to pay up ... TMZ has learned. According to documents filed in Georgia, the NBA legend took out a loan in 2009 from Georgia Primary Bank. The original loan was for $1,000,000 and Erving had an outstanding balance of $210,705.71 ... which was never paid. TMZ.com

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Julius Erving is back with the 76ers. During an informal halftime press conference during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a Sixers’ team executive announced that Dr. J had agreed to a four-season pact to serve as “strategic advisor” to the team. The role was newly created for Erving and will be one he pursues on a part-time basis while tending to his other business interests. “My role will be similar to Reggie Jackson’s in New York and many other retired athletes,” Erving said. CSNPhilly.com

January 7, 2012 Updates

It has been 29 years since the 76ers won the franchise's last championship, so on Friday, in a nod to nostalgia, the organization welcomed back members of that 1982-83 team. Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, and Earl Cureton attended the Sixers' home opener at the Wells Fargo Center. This resonated with coach Doug Collins, the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft and an eight-year Sixer. "It's good - it brings to mind championships," said Collins, who became famous in the city for, among other things, tossing alley-oop passes to Erving. "Bobby Jones and I go back to the 1972 Olympics - so, obviously, we got our hearts broken in Munich. I remember playing alongside Julius, trading for Bobby. "It goes back to a great time and a team that set a standard of excellence," Collins continued. "And that's what we aspire to at some point in time. So I think that any time you can bring back former guys who set a kind of standard it's great for our guys to see and for our fans to see." Philadelphia Inquirer

November 22, 2011 Updates

His sneakers are returning to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers are hopeful Dr. J will come along for the ride. A day after the Sixers swooped in and collected some Julius Erving memorabilia, team CEO Adam Aron said he has reached out to Dr. J about joining the organization in some capacity. "We'd like to bring Dr. J back to Philadelphia," Aron said Monday. "He's only one of the greatest 76ers of all time. We'd love to see Julius Erving have a connection with the 76ers in some shape or fashion. I don't know what, exactly." ESPN.com

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