Sixers Hire Julius Erving as Adviser

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 21: NBA Legend Julius Erving looks on during the game between the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on October 21 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Any hope that the Nets would hire Julius Erving as part of their return to New York ended Friday night when their Atlantic Division rivals, the 76ers, named him as a "strategic adviser." The move was announced at halftime of the 76ers' home game vs. the Bulls, which Philadelphia won to give them a 2-1 lead.

"My advice will be across the board," Erving said. "I have built a relationship since last November which really opened this door for me." Many Nets fans had hoped to see Dr. J re-join the Nets on their return to New York. Erving won two ABA championships with the Nets and an NBA title with the 76ers.

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