Julius Erving, a special consultant to the 76ers owner, talked a bit about trading with the Lakers. Here’s what he had to say:
“When you talk to the Lakers, when you talk to the Celtics, when you talk to — well, those two in particular — the guy on the other end of the phone has his fingers crossed. So whatever he’s telling you, he’s not telling you the truth. He’s working a deal for him. And what happened to us last year with getting damaged goods hopefully will only happen once.”
Dr. J also had this to say about the Andrew Bynum deal:
“If you’re going to deal with the Celtics who are our natural rivals, or the Lakers, the two teams that have won the most championships in the NBA, they’re always going to make deals where they get the better end of the deal. That’s been their history, that’s how they presently are and that’s how they’re going to be in the future. So for the Sixers, to get Andrew Bynum and think he was going to be an All-Star and an all-pro and think he was going to be a valuable part of the franchise, as was the thinking, it turned out to be a bad deal.”
Those are definitely some interesting comments from one of the best dunkers of all-time. I’m not sure he was right, though. Sure Philadelphia got the short end of the stick, but they knew Bynum has a history with injuries, and they were willing to take that risk. To say the Lakers — and Celtics — lie when they doesn’t seem fair to me.
What do YOU think of Dr. J’s comments? Let me know down below!