Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Julius Erving presents the game ball prior to the game against the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pacers 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Erving Talks Lakers


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.

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  • Howard Autrey

    Sour grapes. Do your homework. Everyone knew he had knee issues.

  • Fern Rea

    76ers need to resign Bynum right now while he is still cheap, like 5-8 million for 1 year, maybe a team option for a 2nd year. That way they can feel like they got their money’s worth if he can have a great year that would outperform his pay.

    Isnt that better than just paying him 15 million for one year and getting nothing.

    How dumb are the 76ers going to look if Bynum signs someplace else, tears it up for about 5 mill? Pretty dumb IMO.

    • Caleb C

      I have a feeling Bynum is going to get a pretty big contract because some team will take a flier on him. We’ve seen what he can do/become, it’s just a matter of if he can stay healthy.

      • Fern Rea

        Possible. It would be a huge gamble for a team to offer, say 3 years 30 to 45 million, which is what John Ireland has stated he would get from somebody. I find that hard to believe that any team would make that type of commitment.

        I would predict that a team would offer a 1 year deal, at about 10 mill with a team option for a 2nd year. I believe the 76ers should push hard for that to get something out of him.

        I can see Miami offering the 5 mill exception on him. If Bynum is close to his normal healthy self, we’ll watch Miami coast to another championship.