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Dr. J calls out Lakers for pulling off Andrew Bynum trade

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06:08 PM ET 06.06 | Julius Erving, the former Philadelphia 76ers great, is with most Sixers fans. He's unhappy that the team got nothing out of the Andrew Bynum acquisition that was part of forward Andre Iguodala heading to the Denver Nuggets and Dwight Howard joining the Los Angeles Lakers. At the premiere for Erving's documentary titled "The Doctor," he called Bynum "damaged goods" because the center didn't play a game for Philadelphia due to knee problems. Erving called out the Lakers and threw the Celtics into the mix of teams he said were distrustful. "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," Erving said. "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. And that's the extent of that learning curve."

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June 6, 2013  07:47 PM ET

Smart teams do their own due diligence. And I'm sure the 76ers did just that. It was a high risk, high reward situation. Something that was probably on their mind when they made the deal was trying not to overthink it too much like OKC did with Tyson Chandler -- or Dallas did with Tyson Chandler after winning the title. You don't want to be so afraid of risk that you talk yourself out of a chance to win big.

They took a shot and it didn't work out for them. At least, not yet. If they want to, they can still sign Bynum. Better still, at a lower number and/or shorter term than he would've gotten if he had a big year.

June 7, 2013  12:13 AM ET

How silly is that of Doctor J? ES-EM-AYCH!!!

June 7, 2013  12:46 AM ET

I guess poor Doc never got over the Celtics whipping his **** every year. :)

June 7, 2013  12:47 AM ET

Man... How our heroes do fall. I so admired Dr. J. in my youth. When I met him in person, I was beside myself with wonder. Only later, do you learn that all was not gold in the ivory tower that was House Erving. Now this...

X^( . . { sad - sad - sad }

Still, you remember the joy of the past and move on.

June 7, 2013  06:59 AM ET

Can you still cry after you retired...?

June 7, 2013  08:34 AM ET

"He's working a deal for him." Take it from an attorney. ANYONE ever working a deal who is worth anything is ALWAYS doing it for him.

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June 7, 2013  12:30 PM ET

Doc, its the business. Andrew when healthy has proven he's an "all-star", he's an 18-14 guy. I don't believe the Lakers blew smoke, its unfortunate Bynum had health problems, he was on the floor every game for the Lakers and was dominant. Maybe the 76ers staff did not do their due-diligence and allowed this situation to slip past them. Bynum need to be watched constantly and checked on regularly to insure he is keeping up with his workups. This is a giant kid making lots of money, he has a history of knee problems that stem back to high school, he'll bounce back and be that player the 76ers traded for; just don't give up on him because he did not play last season, better things will follow.

 
June 7, 2013  12:38 PM ET
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call out your own team doctors for missing his pre-existing conditionwhy is it the lakers fault?

The Doctor is right, but the 6ers were stupid. They approved the deal.

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