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This shirt pays homage to the most beloved Sixer of all time, Julius Erving. Julius, who was given the nickname "Doctor" by a childhood friend who he in turn called "The Professor", made a name for himself as a high school player on Long Island. He then attended UMass, where he put up insane numbers: he averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game, and is one of only 6 players to average both 20 PPG and 20 RPG in his college career.
He was drafted by the Virginia Squires of the ABA, and quickly became the biggest star in that league. He was traded to the New Jersey Nets two years later, and continued to dominate the league, winning two titles and 3 MVPs in his five seasons in the league. When the Nets joined the NBA in 1975, the Knicks forced them to pay $4.8 million for "invading their territory". The Nets couldn't afford to pay the fee without trading away Erving and his contract. After offering him to the Knicks to get rid of the fee (typical Knicks: they turned down the offer), they traded him to the Sixers.
Dr. J would lead the Sixers to the 1977 NBA Finals, where they would take a 2-0 lead before dropping four straight to the Portland Trail Blazers. They'd return to the 1980 NBA Finals, where Dr. J would pull off one of the most memorable moves in NBA history, an up and under the backboard reverse layup. The Sixers would lose those Finals. Feeling they still needed one more piece to get over the hump, the Sixers signed Moses Malone in 1982. With an aging but still effective Dr. J and an in-his-prime Moses Malone, the Sixers ran roughshod through the NBA, culminating with a throttling of the Lakers in the Finals. It would be Dr. J's last appearance in the Finals. He would retire 4 years later.
He is the only player to be named MVP of both the NBA and ABA, and he is still 4th in Sixers history in points, 3rd in steals, 4th in assists, and 7th in rebounds.
The shirt is a cotton-poly-rayon blend from Next level. The 4XL is a cotton-poly blend.