He received a new job as well.
Erving was hired in a part-time capacity with his former team as a strategic adviser. In his new role through at least 2015, Erving will offer advice and counsel to the Sixers, will be available to the front office and will interact with the fan base and sponsors as a good-will ambassador.
The announcement was made at halftime.
"My advice will be across the board," Erving said. "I have built a relationship since last November which really opened this door for me."
Erving will continue to reside in Atlanta, and he expects to make multiple trips to Philadelphia in each of the seasons ahead.
"It made sense to me at this stage of my life," Erving said. "I'm looking forward to it. If I have something to offer, even if it's in the middle of the night, I will do it. I'm excited about this relationship and where it can go in the seasons ahead."
Erving presented the game ball prior to Game 3 and received a standing ovation.
"That felt great," he said. "I always enjoy coming back to Philadelphia where I had so many great memories. I'm excited about what the future holds."