Julius Erving Released from Hospital After Being Evaluated for Illness

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2018

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Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving has been released from a Philadelphia hospital after feeling ill while attending Friday's game between the 76ers and Detroit Pistons. 

Erving's management team provided an update on his health Saturday afternoon:

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Message from Mr. Erving’s Management Team: 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.

The 76ers issued a brief statement Friday after Erving was taken from the arena with an illness. 

"Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight's game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated," the statement said, via the Associated Press. "He is expected to be released after the evaluation."

Erving was in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his famous cradle dunk in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He also rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in the arena before tipoff. 

The 67-year-old played 11 of his 16 seasons with the 76ers and led the franchise to its last championship in 1983 over the Lakers.