SBD/November 22, 2011/Franchises

76ers Ask Julius Erving To Join Organization In Some Capacity

Memorabilia will be displayed at Wells Fargo Center and 76ers’ practice facility

A day after the 76ers "swooped in and collected some Julius Erving memorabilia, team CEO Adam Aron said he has reached out to Dr. J about joining the organization in some capacity," according to Dan Gelston of the AP. Aron yesterday said, "We’d like to bring Dr. J back to Philadelphia. He’s only one of the greatest 76ers of all time. We’d love to see Julius Erving have a connection with the 76ers in some shape or fashion." The 76ers "bought 10 lots containing 18 items from Erving’s personal basketball memorabilia collection auction that ended over the weekend." SCP Auctions said that "more than 140 items from Erving’s collection sold for a record $3.5 million." Aron said that all the items the team "won were $10,000 or less." The 76ers "purchased items representative of his collegiate, ABA and NBA days, as well as awards that recognized Erving’s humanitarian work." The memorabilia will "go on display at the Wells Fargo Center and the team’s practice facility." Aron had "pledged a fan-friendly ownership and plans a grand unveiling of all the winning items at a later date" (AP, 11/21).

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