In the episode, Dr. J becomes an investor in the sports marketing business that Jim (John Krasinski) is trying to launch in Philadelphia, where Erving scored more than a few baskets as a 76er.
It’s the final season of “The Office” you should be watching it anyway. But now, you have a little more motivation to set the DVR, just so you can see a 62-year-old Dr. J recreate great moves he made in the finals (see photo).
It’s about history and connection in a city that really gets those things.
Philadelphia 76ers fans are starved for a championship, but that is not happening this year. But new owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron know that it’s going to take more than just winning to really win over the fans in Philly — it’s going to take passion, commitment and an embracing of the team’s legacy.
So it was a smart move to bring Dr. J back in the house.
The team announced that Hall of Famer Julius Erving is back in the fold as a “strategic advisor” for the franchise. He will consult with ownership on basketball matters and be a goodwill ambassador for the franchise (that means shaking sponsors hands a couple times a year).
It’s a good move for both sides. For the team, it’s a connection with history and the glory days. Fans will like it. For Erving, a guy who has had to sell a lot of his memorabilia following some rough investments, it’s a steady paycheck. Everybody wins.
Eventually it will take wins, too, to keep the fans in Philly happy. But a first round series win over the Bulls would be a good step in that direction, too.
Dr. J gets financial boost, 76ers (and fans) get memorabilia
We brought the story last month of how Julius Erving was having some financial challenges due to some failed investments, and on an unrelated note happened to be having a lot of his memorabilia auctioned off. “Unrelated” is the official story, choose to believe what seems logical to you.
Turns out there is a real demand for Dr. J memorabilia — the auction raised $3.5 million, reports the Philly News (via Ball Don’t Lie). The biggest price paid: $460,471 for Erving’s 1974 New York Nets ABA championship ring.
But what also was impressive was who was doing the buying. There was this tweet from Sixers CEO Adam Aron:
Good. Dr. J needed some help and the Sixers and its fans stepped up and helped (and got some merchandise in the process). Everybody wins. So kind of the opposite of the lockout. We could use some stories like that.
Much of Dr. J’s personal memorabilia up for auction
The majority of the story is about how Erving bought a golf course that seems to be a huge financial drain and has led to a bank suing him. Then comes these to paragraphs.
In an unrelated matter, many of Erving’s basketball memorabilia items, including his 1983 Philadelphia 76ers World Championship ring, will be up for bidding Friday, SCP Auctions said Tuesday. Other items on the auction block include Erving’s ABA championship rings from 1974 and 1976 with the New York Nets, MVP trophies from both the NBA and the ABA, and jerseys.
The minimum bid is $25,000 for the NBA championship ring, and $20,000 for each ABA title ring and the NBA MVP trophy, the auction house said. In a statement released by the auction house, Erving said he plans to donate a portion of the auction proceeds to the Salvation Army.
Unrelated. I can’t prove otherwise, so you make your own call.
But if you want some vintage Dr. J and Sixers memorabilia, there is an auction for you coming up. And the cause could be a good one.