Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sixers welcome back Dr. J

The 76ers will honor Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Clint Richardson this Friday, December 21, in the first of four nights this year that will honor the 25th anniversary of the 1982-83 NBA Championship team. Serving as a backdrop for Erving's and Richardson's return to the City of Brotherly love is a clash between the Sixers and Philadelphia-native Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers. Tickets are available at and at the Sixers box office.

During the Sixers morning shootaround, Erving and Richardson will take time to speak with the current Sixers, sharing their wisdom and championship experience with today's team. Then, at halftime of the game, Erving and Richardson will be honored by the same organization they helped bring a championship to 25 years ago. Also during the game, the two will take time to meet with Sixers season ticket holders, both current and those who have been here since the 1982-83 season.

As part of the night's festivities, the Sixers will wear their adidas Hardwood Classics uniforms from that historic 1982-83 season for the third time this year. The replica throwback jerseys will be available for sale beginning Friday night at the Fan Gear store located inside the Wachovia Center.

This special night is meant to reflect back on that title season of 1982-83, while also paying tribute to Erving and Richardson individually. During that memorable run, the Sixers lost just one game in the post-season, ultimately sweeping the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Over the course of the regular season, Erving averaged 21.4 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game and 1.6 steals per game. Richardson finished the year averaging 7.6 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game.

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