The Doctor hospitalized after falling ill at 76ers game

Julius Erving, who starred for the New Jersey Nets in the ABA and the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, was released from a Philadelphia-area hospital Saturday after taking ill at a 76ers game Friday night.

Hall of Famer Julius Erving became ill at a Philadelphia 76ers game Friday night and was taken to a local hospital.

No immediate update on his condition was released.

“Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight’s game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated,” said a statement on behalf of Erving’s management team and the Sixers. “He is expected to be released after the evaluation.”

The 67-year-old Erving, known world-wide as “The Doctor” of “Dr. J” for his above-the-rim abilities during his playing days, attended Friday night’s game against the visiting Detroit Pistons and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. Erving was honored by the team to mark 35 years since he threw down his spectacular, high-flying cradle dunk over Michael Cooper of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Erving, along with Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones, helped lead the 76ers, coached by Billy Cunningham, to the NBA championship in the 1982-83 season and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1981.