Dr. J surprised by 60th birthday party in Atlantic City
Julius Erving was surprised Friday at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City where friends threw a 60th birthday party for the Sixers legend at Il Mulino. Dr. J, who turns 60 on Monday, was joined by his wife Dorys, daughter, tennis pro Alexandra Stevenson and son Julius Erving III as well as many friends including Sixers executive advisor Sonny Hill, NBA veterans such as Bill Russell, Charles Oakley, John Starks and Charles Smith, who heads the NBA Retired Players Association, former NFL players Jerome Bettis and Ricky Watters, and Sean McKinney, president of the Mitchell & Ness apparel company. Erving and guests later danced and smoked cigars at the hotel's Ego bar. The party continued Saturday night with a black-tie dinner with guests including "Law & Order" star Anthony Anderson, NBA star Alonzo Mourning, rapper Tone Loc, and Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards. Guests were asked to change into Converse sneakers, in honor of Dr. J's sneaker of choice on the court, and also one of the event sponsors, as was Mitchell & Ness.