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Dr. J, Julius Erving, shows off his ’70s style as he enters the Nassau Coliseum before the Nets’ Game 4 of the ABA Championship against the Denver Nuggets on May 8, 1976. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Julius Erving

Dr. J, Julius Erving, shows off his ’70s style as he enters the Nassau Coliseum before the Nets’ Game 4 of the ABA Championship against the Denver Nuggets on May 8, 1976. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Julius Erving

Boston’s Dave Cowens and New York’s Julius Erving pose for SI’s 1976 basketball preview issue. It was the first year after the ABA merged with the NBA. (Irving Penn/SI)

SI VAULT: The season of NBA tough guys against ABA survivors (10.25.76)
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Boston’s Dave Cowens and New York’s Julius Erving pose for SI’s 1976 basketball preview issue. It was the first year after the ABA merged with the NBA. (Irving Penn/SI)
SI VAULT: The season of NBA tough guys against ABA survivors (10.25.76)PHOTO GALLERY: Best hairstyles in sports history | Iconic Celtics photos