"Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight's game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated. He is expected to be released after the evaluation," the Sixers and Erving's management team shared in a statement. The basketball legend, 67, was in attendance to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tip-off. He was also honored before the game for the 35th anniversary of his rock-the-cradle dunk over the Los Angeles Lakers' Michael Cooper.
Dr. J’s management team issued a statement later today regarding his current health condition, announcing he has left the hospital. “Mr. Erving has been released from the hospital after a comprehensive medical evaluation,” it reads. “He’s expected to make a full recovery and sincerely thanks all of his friends and fans for their well wishes and prayers.”