HoopsHype Julius Erving rumors

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

The team bought 10 lots containing 18 items from Erving's personal basketball memorabilia collection auction that ended over the weekend. SCP Auctions said more than 140 items from Erving's collection sold for a record $3.5 million. Among the highlights: His 1974 New York Nets ABA championship ring sold for $460,471, a record price for a sports ring. Neither that ring nor Erving's 1983 76ers NBA championship landed with the franchise. ESPN.com

November 21, 2011 Updates

Dr. J's sneakers will stay grounded on this trip to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers are bringing some of Julius Erving's memorabilia back home -- and they are hopeful Dr. J will come along for the ride. The team bought 10 lots containing 18 items from the Erving auction that ended over the weekend, Sixers CEO Adam Aron said. Aron also said he has reached out to Erving, one of the franchise's greatest players, about joining the organization in some sort of capacity. ESPN.com

SCP Auctions says more than 140 items from Julius Erving’s personal collection sold for a record $3.5 million. The auction ran from October until Sunday. Among the highlights: His 1974 New Jersey Nets ABA championship ring sold for $460,471; 1983 Philadelphia 76ers championship rings sold for $244,240; 1983 All-Star game MVP trophy ($115,242); final game worn jersey from May 3, 1987 ($88,826); and 1974-75 ABA MVP trophy ($173,10). HoopsWorld

November 20, 2011 Updates

Dr. J has scored big again. SCP Auctions says more than 140 items from Julius Erving's personal collection sold for a record $3.5 million. The auction ran from October until Sunday. Among the highlights: His 1974 New Jersey Nets ABA championship ring sold for $460,471; 1983 76ers championship rings sold for $244,240; 1983 All-Star game MVP trophy ($115,242); final game worn jersey from May 3, 1987 ($88,826); and 1974-75 ABA MVP trophy ($173,10). ESPN.com

October 27, 2011 Updates

Erving has been on the bad end of financial news prior to this week. It was reported last year a golf club he owned in the Atlanta area was in foreclosure. He had a house in St. George, Utah, that went into foreclosure last year after he had defaulted on a loan, which led Erving telling TMZ the house, valued at $2.23 million, was “substantially underwater.’’ Kohler said Erving has homes in New York, Atlanta and Florida, which is where SCP Auctions officials went to evaluate and pick up the memorabilia Erving is selling. “I wouldn’t think that financially he would be in trouble,’’ said Bobby Jones, Erving’s 76ers teammate from 1978-86. “He’s a smart guy and a very astute businessman. We all make mistakes. But I see him on Dr Pepper commercials, and I’m sure he’s well compensated. . . . I would think that he doesn’t need the stuff (he’s selling) because he has the memories. . . . It would be sad if that wasn’t the case.’’ FOXSports Florida

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