Julius Erving Taken to Hospital for Evaluation Due to Illness

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers adviser Julius Iriving sits on stage during the NBA draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Hall of Famer Julius Erving was taken to the hospital after he fell ill during the Philadelphia 76ers' 114-78 win over the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. 

"Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight's game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated. He is expected to be released after the evaluation," the Sixers said in a statement relayed by NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato

Erving, who spent 11 years with the Sixers and helped lead them to a 1982-83 NBA title, was in attendance to ring the ceremonial bell before tipoff, according to Camerato. 

Dr. J previously served as a special advisor to ownership, but the team's staff directory indicates he's no longer operating in that role. 

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