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Dr. J discharged from hospital

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LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Fomer 76ers great Julius Erving was discharged from hospital on Saturday, a day after he fell ill during the team’s NBA win over the Detroit Pistons in Philadelphia.

Erving’s management team released a statement on Saturday thanking friends and fans for their well-wishes.

“Mr. Erving has been released from the hospital after a comprehensive medical evaluation. He’s expected to make a full recovery,” the statement, posted on Erving’s Twitter feed, said.

Erving, 67, who was honoured Friday on the 35th anniversary of his famous “cradle dunk” against the Lakers, rang the Sixers’ ceremonial Liberty Bell prior to the Sixers’ rout of the Pistons.

He fell ill after halftime and was taken to hospital.

Precise details of his condition were not released.

Erving, the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1981 with the 76ers, led the team to their third NBA title in 1983.

He is the 76ers’ fourth all-time leading scorer and the NBA’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 30,026 career points.

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