Brooklyn Nets superstar point guard Kyrie Irving recently used a Julius Erving reference when talking about leading Brooklyn to an NBA title. Dr. J had a Hall of Fame career, which Irving brought up.

Michael Lee of The Athletic was in the Nets locker room to take it all in:

“It’s not a coincidence that the last time the Nets won a title, they were led by Julius Erving,” Irving said, referencing the two ABA titles Hall of Famer Julius Erving won with the then-New York Nets in 1974 and 1976. “And now, we have another Irving. I’m just saying.”

The implication was that the Brooklyn Nets were eventually going to win it all again because they employed another player whose name was pronounced the same. Irving was half-joking, half-serious but LeVert was fully confused. Realizing that LeVert wasn’t really feeling his name theory, Irving tried to enlist support from Theo Pinson. Then he called out for Taurean Prince, who furrowed his brow, perplexed.

“I’m just saying. Erving. Irving,” the mercurial All-Star point guard turned defense attorney said, making his case, to no avail.

The Nets are currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Things haven’t been smooth for Brooklyn up to this point, but head coach Kenny Atkinson loves the players in his locker room and is confident things are going to get better as the Nets' season moves along.

Irving has only played in 14 games this season because of a serious shoulder injury which kept him sidelined for 26 games. He is averaging 27.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists.

The Nets are 1-2 since Irving returned to the lineup and 18-22 overall on the season.