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NBA Legend Dr. J

Selling Off Championship Rings

10/26/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026_dr_j_auction_launchIf you've dreamed of wearing an NBA championship ring but can't hit a 3, you're in luck ... because Julius "Dr. J" Erving is putting his on the auction block ... along with a TON of other stuff from his playing days.

The Philadelphia 76ers legend is parting with everything from his 1980-81 NBA MVP trophy ... to his high school class ring ... and even authentic game-used jerseys in an Internet auction that goes live on Friday.

Bidding on the doc's 1983 NBA Championship ring starts at $25k ... with portions of the proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. 

The timing of the auction is interesting ... because the NBA legend was sued by a Georgia bank earlier this month for not paying back a $200k loan.

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don juan    

finally i made it to #1. top of the world ma, top of the world!!!

904 days ago
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Back2TheFutureFan    

Whoa..tough times for Dr. J, as it is for everyone around the country and world. Never thought I would see it have to come to this for Dr. J..... one of the very few class acts, both on and off the court. All really incredible items. During the first few years of his retirement, Dr. J had made great investments, including a Coca-Cola bottling plant, shoe deal with Converse AFTER his playing days, card show appearances, a broadcasting deal with NBC, and so on. In more recent years, he has went through an ugly divorce with his first wife, lost a son, had to foreclose on a home in Utah (reported on TMZ) and most recently, also probably had the loan taken out from the Atlanta bank which is suing him to purchase the property for the golf course in Atlanta which he purchased a few years ago. Am so sorry to hear about it already going in to foreclosure. You couple that foreclose with the Utah home, including alimony to his ex-wife, child support, and other expenses, and there is a possibility of bankruptcy. Am so saddened to see it happen to someone like Dr. J, one of the true class acts in all of sports. Dr. J, if you are reading, wishing you the best of luck and hope everything will get sorted out. Thank you so much for your autograph many years ago. Will forever cheri*****. All the best and God Bless.

903 days ago
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Mike Felice    

Good luck to the Doc-
the greatest their has ever been!
Thank you for being my favorite athlete.

899 days ago

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