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Dr. J touts one-on-one challenge

Former Philadelphia 76er Julius Erving on Wednesday suggested that the NBA consider substituting one-on-one competition for the legends game at All-Star weekend.

Erving and former Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of pro basketball's all-time greats, spoke at a news conference hyping their one-on-one confrontation Feb. 28 in Atlantic City, a pay-per-view cable TV event.

Erving's comment was prompted by the injuries sustained in last weekend's legends game by Norm Nixon and David Thompson.

"Both of us were concerned," Erving said, speaking also for Abdul-Jabbar. "Playing one-on-one half court is a lot less risky. In fact, I think our format might influence them to changeat the All-Star weekend."

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