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Dr. J rooting for ‘Eastern Conference,’ not Celtics

Julius Erving, who won an NBA championship with the 76ers in 1983 and was involved in numerous battles against the Celtics [1], was in the stands at Thursday’s NBA finals [2] Game 4 at TD Garden, sitting with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [3] and the winner of an online contest.

Erving said he is begrudgingly pulling for Boston to win, as he did when the Celtics and Lakers met three times in the 1980s.

“I am an Eastern Conference guy. I’m always pretty loyal, cheer for the conference,” Erving told The Associated Press, adding: “It’s hard to root for Boston. I root for the conference. Rooting for Boston, that’s asking a little much, especially in public.”