Julius Erving

Dr. J released from hospital

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Dr. J released from hospital

UPDATED: 1/6/18, 2:40 p.m.

Julius Erving, while watching the Sixers-Pistons game on Friday night from a Wells Fargo Center suite, felt ill and was taken to an area hospital.

On Saturday afternoon, he was released and is expected to make a full recovery.

His management team released the following statement via Twitter:

"Mr. Erving has been released from the hospital after a comprehensive medical evaluation. He’s expected to make a full recovery and sincerely thanks all of his friends and fans for their well wishes and prayers."

Julius Erving on Sixers: 'We should make a good run at the playoffs'

Julius Erving on Sixers: 'We should make a good run at the playoffs'

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Julius Erving stood underneath the Sixers' championship banners hanging above the practice court. The Hall of Famer has experienced winning in Philadelphia and is eager for his former team to bring it back to the city. 

“I think we should make a good run at the playoffs,” Erving said. “There’s enough young talent on the team and the system is good enough, it’s proven itself, that, if we can keep a healthy team out there, then we should be able to make a run at the playoffs.” 

Erving is in town for the Julius Erving Golf Classic, a three-day event supporting the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. On Saturday he hosted the Erving Youth Basketball Experience at the Sixers training complex. 

Markelle Fultz made a special appearance and Erving got to spend some time with the No. 1 pick. 

“I think he’ll have an understated type of leadership because I don’t know whether he’s a verbal leader or whether he’s a lead-by-example type guy,” Erving said of Fultz. “Either way, he’s a significant piece to the puzzle.”

Another key piece is Joel Embiid, whose name drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd of children while Erving held a Q&A. Erving referred to watching Embiid play last season as “a welcome sight.” 

“Having had conversations with Coach (Brett) Brown, he had such high expectations of Joel,” Erving said. “From a skill standpoint, he knew he was as as skilled as any big man in the league. Now it’s just a matter of maturity and confidence, and Joel seems to be very confident.” 

Erving pulls for the Sixers from afar. He tries to catch their games when they are in Atlanta, where he resides, and if his travel schedule overlaps with their road games in other cities. 

“I’m ready,” Erving said of a turnaround. “We want to have a team that’s a contender for the title.”

Dr. J and Iverson look pretty great in NBA 2K18

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Dr. J and Iverson look pretty great in NBA 2K18

Not a lot to work with here, but Julius Erving and Allen Iverson are apparently in the latest version of NBA 2K and look pretty sharp.

Both Sixers legends are seen wearing the Sixers' new Nike uniforms. Julius is rocking his signature afro while Iverson has some gnarly facial hair going.

The only real complaint, as blogging impresario meechone points out, is that A.I. is seen doing the Steph Curry turn-and-run-away-from-the-shot move. Can't recall Bubba Chuck using that one during his heyday.

And while young Sixers fans who wanted to see Iverson play in the BIG3 last month came up empty, maybe a digital A.I. will give them a little glimpse of what they were missing back in the day.

Iverson and Erving look to be a part of NBA 2K18's new All-Time Teams feature, which will pit some of the greatest to ever take the court against each other. I think I saw this in a Rocky movie once. You can check out a trailer for that below.

Here's what the Sixers' All-Time squad will look like and Marc Zumoff isn't happy with one glaring omision.