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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

Julius Erving entering Nassau Coliseum before a 1976 Nets-Nuggets game. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Julius Erving

Julius Erving entering Nassau Coliseum before a 1976 Nets-Nuggets game. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Julius Erving

Robert Parish and Moses Malone take the tipoff to start a 1986 Celtics-76ers game. (Corbis)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Celtics-76ers Rivalry

Robert Parish and Moses Malone take the tipoff to start a 1986 Celtics-76ers game. (Corbis)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Celtics-76ers Rivalry

Michael Jordan and Julius Erving talk before a Nov. 1984 Bulls-76ers game. Jordan scored 16 points with seven assists and five rebounds in a 109-100 loss. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Michael Jordan | Julius Erving

Michael Jordan and Julius Erving talk before a Nov. 1984 Bulls-76ers game. Jordan scored 16 points with seven assists and five rebounds in a 109-100 loss. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Michael Jordan | Julius Erving

Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 

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GALLERY: Classic Photos of Larry Bird | Julius Erving

Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 
ROSENBERG: Everything on the line for Heat tonight against CelticsVIDEO: Time to break up Big Three if the Heat lose on Thursday?GALLERY: Classic Photos of Larry Bird | Julius Erving

Celtics forward Larry Bird shoots over the outstretched hand of Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins during a 1980 playoff game between the Celtics and 76ers. Philadelphia and Boston fans will see another chapter of this long rivalry unfold when the two teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Both Boston and Philadelphia won last night to advance to the second round. (Walter Iooss, Jr./SI)   

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird | Julius Erving
THOMSEN: 76ers celebration was nine years in the making
MANNIX: Vintage KG helps Celtics advance past Hawks

Celtics forward Larry Bird shoots over the outstretched hand of Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins during a 1980 playoff game between the Celtics and 76ers. Philadelphia and Boston fans will see another chapter of this long rivalry unfold when the two teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Both Boston and Philadelphia won last night to advance to the second round. (Walter Iooss, Jr./SI)   
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird | Julius ErvingTHOMSEN: 76ers celebration was nine years in the makingMANNIX: Vintage KG helps Celtics advance past Hawks

Julius Erving is celebrating his 62nd birthday today. The former ABA and NBA star, pictured here in 1973 against Denver, averaged 24 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his 16-year career. (John D. Hanlon/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Julius Erving
SI VAULT: Dr. J leads Nets past Nuggets (5.17.76)

Julius Erving is celebrating his 62nd birthday today. The former ABA and NBA star, pictured here in 1973 against Denver, averaged 24 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his 16-year career. (John D. Hanlon/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Julius ErvingSI VAULT: Dr. J leads Nets past Nuggets (5.17.76)

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)

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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)
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Julius Erving grabs a rebound during Game 3 of the 1982 NBA Finals against the Lakers. Los Angeles would go onto win the game and series to claim their second title in three seasons.

Julius Erving grabs a rebound during Game 3 of the 1982 NBA Finals against the Lakers. Los Angeles would go onto win the game and series to claim their second title in three seasons.

Julius Erving and his wife Turquoise relax at their home in Babylon, NY during a 1978 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

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SI VAULT: Dr. J dominates on the court, but has no control off it (4.6.81)

Julius Erving and his wife Turquoise relax at their home in Babylon, NY during a 1978 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Best Hairstyles in Sports HistorySI VAULT: Dr. J dominates on the court, but has no control off it (4.6.81)

Even at 32, Julius Erving had crazy hops. In this 1982 photo, Dr. J dunks over Larry Bird and (an unpictured) Kevin McHale during the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Championship. Philadelphia went onto win the game but lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals. It was 35 years ago today that the 76ers paid $3 million to the Nets for the rights to Erving. (Tony Tomsic/SI)

SI VAULT: The Nets get $3 million in deal to send Dr. J to 76ers

Even at 32, Julius Erving had crazy hops. In this 1982 photo, Dr. J dunks over Larry Bird and (an unpictured) Kevin McHale during the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Championship. Philadelphia went onto win the game but lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals. It was 35 years ago today that the 76ers paid $3 million to the Nets for the rights to Erving. (Tony Tomsic/SI)
SI VAULT: The Nets get $3 million in deal to send Dr. J to 76ers

Last week, Amar’e Stoudemire’s made headlines when he said that locked-out NBA players should form their own league. Though chances are remote this will actually happen, it does give an excuse to showcase this great photo from the 1976 ABA Playoffs of Julius Erving grabbing a rebound. This was the ABA’s final season before merging with the NBA. (John Hanlon/SI)

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Last week, Amar’e Stoudemire’s made headlines when he said that locked-out NBA players should form their own league. Though chances are remote this will actually happen, it does give an excuse to showcase this great photo from the 1976 ABA Playoffs of Julius Erving grabbing a rebound. This was the ABA’s final season before merging with the NBA. (John Hanlon/SI)
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